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  1. I hope the problem is now solved!

  2. Take legal action if you can afford to! Or hope he moves soon!

  3. No more than any other trees!

  4. Sorry to have taken so long to respond. I hope you found a solution. Doubt your neighbour would have needed approved plans for his wall, unless it was a high one. Anything less than 1,8 m doesn’t need plans.

  5. Ask a landscaper or plant expert. The building regulations do not specify or rule on planting. But in my personal opinion – NO!

  6. Randall Fairbairn says:

    Is it advisable for a spruce type tree of about 6 m tall to stand on the edge of a retaining wall.?

  7. Marguerite says:

    A self-seeded Witstinkhout tree has grown up next to the boundary wall between my and my neighbour (on my side). The tree has now reached about 10 meters in height, but the tree roots have cracked and shifted the boundary wall. I am willing to pay for the cost of repairing and shifting the pre-fab concrete wall to make a u-shape around the tree, but my neighbour says no, we will need approved plans to do that. It only involves two upright panels, and those two panels will be inside my neighbour’s erf (only protruding half a metre into their yard).

    Any suggestions? Other than cutting down this magnificent tree – it has a beautiful shape and provides a lot of shade as well as being a big favourite with the birds.
    Please help?

  8. Hi. Our neighbor cut down our hedge without permission or discussion. It was not impacting on the boundary wall. The cuttings were left in our yard and he refuses to clean. We now sit with a security issue as well. What are our rights? Law enforcement says they can’t assist and so do the police. Neighbor claims boundary wall is his but no proof of such.

  9. My question is not related to walls. Could somebody tell me if a palm tree is prone to be struck by lightning. The palm tree is about 1 meter from the boundary wall and there is a open shade netting cover resting on this boundary wall on the neighbors property.

  10. I want to know if I build next to the boundary in Cosmo city ext 9 what should I do I have got a letter from municipality said I must submit the plans within 30

  11. On a residential property, who is responsible for which boundary wall, or are both parties responsible for the boundary wall they share?

  12. My neighbor has three trees that is breaking the precast wall apart and wall is broken on three places. The trees also mess with my electric fence and the neighbor just says he has no money but the house is in the market and I feel like you wants to get rid of the problem. I have young kids and he has dangerous dogs. What do I do? Benoni

  13. Barry Seymour says:

    I believe that so far as the branches of a tree spread laterally away from the trunk of the tree potentially the roots will spread an equal distance from the tree.

  14. Hi. We had five White Stinkwood trees on our property. The one in our front yard was planted about 10m from the house in the early seventies. It was the oldest tree of the five. As we entered into the 2000’s we started having problems related to the roots lifting oud concrete path over time. The promblems seem to escalate. In 2016 we discovered to our horror how close the roots were growing toward our house. We decided to have all five as they were of similar distance from other structures. The tree is recommended for medium gardens and larger.

    The diameter of the tree top was about 20m in diameter when it was cut down.

    My advice is for anyone wishing to have such a lovely tree in the garden is to plant it more than 20m away from any structure or known underground infrastructure.

    It was sad to cut down the tree, but it had to be done.

    We have White stinkwoods belonging to the council lining the pavement.

  15. Hi Janek
    Please help: During the wind storms in KZN last week, the neighbours’ avocado tree fell over the property wall, collapsing a 10 metre section of the wall. Who is liable for the repairs? The neighbours are unresponsive, they only removed the tree, the bricks are still scattered on our property. We both have dogs who are not very friendly to each other and there might be a nasty incident involving the dogs. Also, it is unsightly.

  16. I did not receive a soil test certificate for white ants from the developer of the estate that I live in.Now I have white ants that are eating away my furniture and fittings.DO I have recourse.

  17. All Ficus species should be banned from urban areas. All too often a beautiful potplant of the genus is planted in the garden, unknowing what damage it will cause within a few years.

  18. Thank you Mike for the addition, much appreciated 😀
    caesalpinia ferrea - Leopard Tree

  19. Hi Zipho, I am not a tree expert so I can’t give you advice on this. I suggest go to your local plant nursery and ask an expert there.

  20. Hi Jacques, Yes that is a tough one to monitor but in my experience once the outlet pipes start to leak then roots get in and block the outflow, see the story here: http://sans10400.org.za/blocked-drains/ This had multi problems a squashed pipe and roots growing into pipes. In answer to the tree that is more than 1.5m away the regulations do say that you must choose a tree variety that does not have shallow spreading roots.

  21. “Ensure the prompt repair of leaks in all plumbing and drainage.” How do you know if your sewerage plumbing system which is under ground is leaking? Also in the last devastating photo the tree looks to be more than 1.5 meters from the house which is correct according to the above table.

  22. Avacado tree and about 15m height is 12m away from the house.I would like to ask how much the damage its will cause in more years to come.

  23. Mike Hawes says:

    This tree should be added to the list

    Caesalpinia ferrea

    (Leopard Tree)

    Caesalpinia ferrea, the beautiful leopard tree, may seem to be an African tree, but it actually originates from Brazil. You’ll find this delicate tree already showing lots of character as it stands with its pale, upright trunk in a 20-litre nursery bag. The rust-brown new leaves at the growth points of its many branches, and the mid-green,compound oval leaves further along the branches are attractive and delicate and it is plain to see that this tree is not going to provide deep shade. (This also means that you won’t need to go searching for deep shade plants that battle to grow amongst tree roots.) The smooth bark exfoliates easily but incompletely, often leaving large dark brown patches against a light background – the reason for the common name.

    If you are in a nursery somewhere in Johannesburg or Cape Town, they might say that this is a slender tree with an unusual trunk, and that it is ideal for small gardens. This is because in moderate climates that experience light frost or dry summer climates, the leopard tree is not a giant – Mother Nature stunts its growth. But be warned, if you plant it in Durban or the Lowveld, (its natural habitat is similar to our humid subtropics) the leopard tree grows to 15 m tall with an aggressive root system that mirrors the size of the tree above the ground.

    Caesalpinia ferrea should rather not be planted close to structures, underground cables, drains and water pipes. But if you have lost your heart to the exotic tree, do plant one or more in your garden, or even in large pots in your courtyard.

    When do they bloom?

    Tiny, golden yellow, bell-shaped flowers appear in spring, followed by dark seed pods.

    Most suitable climate

    Moderate and subtropical regions are its favourite. It is frost-sensitive and doesn’t like windy conditions.

    What they need

    Location: full sun or light shade. A few planted together make a pretty mini-forest in an expansive lawn, or with ground covers planted between them.
    Soil: well-drained sandy soil.
    Water: regular watering for saplings, less water for mature trees. Medium water consumption.
    Fertilizer: compost.

    In a nutshell

    * Slender deciduous tree providing light summer shade.
    * Attractive, colourful trunk.
    * Lovely in a mini-forest.
    * Ideal tree for a tropical-style garden

    Posted by: Administrator – Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM This article has been viewed 12732 times.
    Filed Under: CC, Trees for large gardens