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If the tree limbs are hanging over onto your property you are allowed to trim them back to your property line in order to keep your property safe and usable. However, I'd recommend having a discussion with the neighbor so they understand why you are doing this. And, I'd recommend not getting to overboard on the trimming and making sure the neighbor knows you mean no harm to the tree but need to take care of the overgrowth due to what it is doing to your property. I wouldn't go nuts trimming if it is just because it drops leaves - all trees do that and its best to just clean up during those times of the year. Asking the neighbor to pay for it isn't reasonable since the branches are on your property even though the tree is on theirs.

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