I have a fairly large piece of semi-rural property and it has been
turned almost into a private arboretum. Sugar & other maples, white
pine, two cottonwoods which I brought back as cuttings from Nevada,
and my pride and joy, a small grove of nine river birches, shaggy
bark and all. So I can feel your sorrow about the butchering of your
First I checked to see if Struthers was a designated "tree city."
Ohio leads the nation in the number of such designated cities. I'm
sorry to say that Struthers was not on the list. Maybe that is
something you could take the lead for in that town and try to get such
a designation. You will find the tree cities of Ohio listed here: (
I then turned to Ohio tree law and legal decisions regarding the
cutting of limbs crossing property lines.
"Trees that are close to the boundary line and hang over another's
property does give the neighbor the right to prune to the property
line. Cases that deal with these situations do require that the
neighbor must act reasonably and do only what is necessary." - (
The article was writen by Columbus attorney Victor Merullo
This from "Find Law" by the American Bar Association:
"Q : Can I trim the overhanging limbs of my neighbor's tree?
A : You may trim the branches of a neighbor's tree that hang over your
property, with certain restrictions:
* you may trim up to the boundary line only;
* you need permission to enter the tree-owner's property (unless
the tree poses "imminent and grave harm" to you or your property);
* you may not cut down the entire tree;
* you may not destroy the tree by trimming it.
It's always best to notify the tree owner before starting any
trimming, pruning, or cutting. If the owner objects to the trimming,
offer reassurance that the job will be done professionally and
responsibly, within the mutual rights of both parties involved." -
Quote from Find Law, American Bar Association.
Another short blurb which states Ohio tree law comes from Dr. Rosmarie
Rossetti, who was a Trustee at Franklin Park Conservatory and
Botanical Garden, Board of Directors, Columbus, Ohio 1992-1998.
"While Ohio law allows you to trim branches at the property line, you
can't saw down the dead tree next door that could fall on your house."
If Struthers were a tree city it would have laws which could possibly
help you. But since it is not, tree law in Struthers would probably
be covered by Ohio state law. Your neighbor cannot force you to cut
back your own trees but she has the right to cut them back herself, at
her own expense.
I wish I could be more encouraging in my answer.
If another researcher can find that my answer is wrong or provide more
encouraging information, I would love to have them jump in and correct
it. I happen to like aspen trees. Being proven wrong is not always a
search - Google
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