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Neighbors branches on my lawn :(

Hi all - I am new to the forum, and I'm looking for a little help. My neighbors cut down one of their huge trees, and left all the branches on my lawn. They told me they planned to cut it all up and use it for firewood. This is fine - except that they are really taking their time, and I'm starting to worry that my grass is going to die while under all that debris. My entire lawn is covered with huge branches, lots of leaves, etc.

I know this may be a generic question, but does anyone have an idea how long it takes for grass to die when it's all covered up like that? It's been over a week, and they aren't even close to finishing the job. I'm starting to get very frustrated with coming home to that mess every day, but my biggest concern is that once they do get it all up, my lawn will be dead.

Any insight would be helpful! Also, I don't know much about lawns and grass - I don't know what kind of grass I have in my lawn. I do live in North Carolina, if that helps. Thanks!

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During summer a week is a long time to be covered up. It has more than likely yellowed. If it were me I would be getting myself some firewood, it is on your property.

Good luck. Stupid neighbors can be a real pain.

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time to start a hugelkultur bed?

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There you go great idea!

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Yeah, depends on the weather and in hot dry weather starts going dormant faster.

Your neighbor had no right to dump his stuff on your lawn to start with. You would be well within your rights to hire someone to haul it away. If you get real lucky on craigslist, you might find someone with a firewood business who would do it for free, to sell the firewood. Otherwise you could bill the neighbor, but you would likely have to go to small claims court to get him to pay it.
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Let me be the first to suggest you approach the neighbor and remind him his tree limbs and associated debris are still on your property and you want him to remove it. Perhaps if you speak up, he'll get the message and take care of business.

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gumbo2176 wrote:Let me be the first to suggest you approach the neighbor and remind him his tree limbs and associated debris are still on your property and you want him to remove it. Perhaps if you speak up, he'll get the message and take care of business.
Definitely! My more aggressive response was based on the assumption that OP would have done that a couple times already. But if not, definitely start by trying to talk to them about it...
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Did he remove them yet?
Things to do.
1; toss them over the fence.
2; rent a chpper and use as mulch.

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I know this may be a generic question, but does anyone have an idea how long it takes for grass to die when it's all covered up like that?
Ten days won't be a problem. More than that could be.
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