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Area redwood trees showing signs of stress?

Original post made by Pleasantonian, Mission Park, on Jul 15, 2010

We have noticed many redwood trees in the area have rust colored needles - we first noticed the trees on Junipero by the Raley's shopping center. Driving around town we are seeing more of this and wonder if it is disease related or what. Anyone know?

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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Sickly-looking redwoods around here are nothing new. Redwoods do best in a rain forest.

Posted by Chelsey
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

I have 2 GIANT trees in my neighbors backyard that has forced me to move my fence line in 5 feet. It has the same issue. Can we ask the city to cut them down? What kind of jackass plants redwoods in housing tracks back in the 60's?

Posted by Mitzi Parr
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

Funny you mentioin this. Just today we are having someone come to look at ours because they are scaring me. One very big branch came down a few days ago and this is in the middle of summer. What happens when the rainy season starts again? I have 4 of them on either side of my house and I want them cut down and replaced with more 'user friendly' trees!

Posted by cut them down
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

Redwood trees, along with most of the other "heritage" trees lining our streets do not belong in this climate. They should be removed.

Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

Yes lets tell people what they can plant and not plant. And if they don't put them in jail. Get a life.

Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

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Yes and while we are at it, lets outlaw ivy. Pleasanton has a severe rat problem from rats breeding in the cover of the plentiful ivy. Give me redwood trees any day.

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

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Let me get this straight, your neighbor's trees are encroaching on your property so you moved your fence? Why on earth would you give your neighbor the enjoyment of your property?

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

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And deny yourself your property?

Posted by Let Them Eat Cake..I Mean Kittens
a resident of California Somerset
on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

Redwood trees do make nice picnic tables, don't they?

Planting redwood trees in this valley is just another example of human arrogance, trying to force Nature into something that wasn't meant to be.

Where's the Lorax when you need him?

As for moving my fence off my property line to accommodate my jackass neighbors' encroaching tree--Chelsey, you are a far nicer person than I could ever hope to be. I'd have forced my neighbor to trim those trees or chop them down. You do realize that by moving the fence, you may actually be surrendering your right to "enjoyment" (full use) of your property? Don't know when you moved the fence, but if I were you, I'd move it back without delay.

Posted by Tissy
a resident of Charter Oaks
on Jul 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

The neighbor behind us has five redwoods growing in their yard. We have almost no sun in our yard, they are messy as can be, the trunk of one of them is a couple of inches from our fence and they are never maintained. We have had large (about 10 ft long) branches blow onto our roof during high winds and break our tiles, which we are responsible for cost of the repairs. With all this being said and the fact they don't belong in this environment.....I have come to despise them and am angered by those who refuse to take care of them or get rid of them. Yes there ARE bigger things to worry about in this world but this is becoming a major irritant. City of Pleasanton, wish you would do something to require they are maintained and more redwoods.

Posted by Chief Chirpa
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I am the leader of an Ewok clan living in the trees of Pleasanton for many generations and can definitive say the trees are stressed. My clan relaxes the trees by singing to them and massaging them. We offer our services to those that have similar problems in their parts of Pleasanton. We also offer discounts to residents of Livermore and Dublin.

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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You need to find some help with your tree and fence issue. I suggest you get your land surveyed first. You may just be a co-owner of those trees if they are really encroaching.

California Civil Code Section 834:
"Trees whose trunks stand partly on the land of two or more
coterminous owners, belong to them in common."

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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Web Link

"3) His tree has grown wider, encroaching onto my property [or pushing aside my fence].

This is a continuing trespass and the neighbor must remove his tree (regardless of how long it has been encroaching).

[A boundary tree is one planted on the boundary. It cannot be removed without mutual agreement.]"

Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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From the same link:
"Alternatively, if it can be proven that both neighbors (or the prior owners) had agreed that the fence was the boundary line, after 5 years, the common boundary theory makes it so."

Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Wow. Wait until Chelsey goes to sell her home and it is discovered that the redwood tree owner now has also acquired "adverse possession" of 5 feet of her lot.... not too smart. Are Birdland lots so big that owners give over 5 feet of property line to neighbors without much thought?

"Common ways in which adverse possession arises include such instances as; A person has a fence line that is over on his neighbor's property and uses the property as his own; A person maintains a portion of land for his yard but a strip used actually is owned by deed by someone else; a driveway or roadway used by a landowner is actually on another person's land. "

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