Grumpy / Where the sun doesn’t shine

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AM I unnecessarily grumpy? I live in a town house in Macquarie with a back garden facing north.

grumpyI love growing my own veggies and other crops, BUT my garden does not get enough sunlight because of the big trees planted on the fence line of two properties behind me. The trees are photinias.  

They were supposed to give privacy, but are so tall I look under the canopy into the place behind and the canopy cuts the sun for quite a length of time in the day in the summer and almost completely in winter.  I have asked for one of them to be cut to the height of the garden shed in the neighbour’s garden, but nothing has happened.

Why are untrimmed photinias allowed in suburban gardens on fence lines?  What can I do about them? They serve no purpose for the neighbours so far as I can see. I have been polite so far but….

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  1. Uggh. Me too. My neighbour planted a row of them too – five centimetres from our fence line. Why oh why oh why?

    If I wanted a line of photinias I would have planted a row of photinias…

    Maybe there’s a ‘fairy of mysterious death’ we could all leave a saucer of milk out for?

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