Some of us walk by choice; others of us walk out of necessity. All of us need sidewalks that are soundly constructed and clear of obstructions. Good neighbours with hedges that border sidewalks will keep those hedges trimmed. We can easily speak of two types of hedges: Good Neighbour Hedges and ... well ... Not So Neighbourly Hedges. Our neighbourhood has hedges of both types.
An example of a Good Neighbour hedge is on the property at the northwest corner of Wellington at Croft, which is 2 Wellington Street. This property has a hedge in three sections. Section 1 is an evergreen hedge that starts at the corner and runs west along the north side of Croft to the western boundary of the property. Until recently, this section was a Not So Neighbourly Hedge. Depending on the time of the year, it covered from 1/3 to 1/2 of the sidewalk on Croft Street.
A few weeks ago, this section of hedge was severely trimmed, from the ground up to the 6-plus feet level, well back from edge of the sidewalk. The trimming transformed this section into a Good Neighbour Hedge. Here are two snaps of section 1 as it looks now, from across the street and from the corner looking west along the sidewalk:
Section 3 of the hedge at 2 Wellington is a lilac hedge that starts at the driveway of the property and runs north along the west side of Wellington to the north boundary of the property. This section has grown over part of the sidewalk, to the extent that two NO PARKING signs, standing at the edge of the sidewalk, are are actually buried inside the hedge itself. This section of the hedge is clearly a Not So Neighbourly Hedge.
Periodically, this section is cut back, but not enough to keep it off the sidewalk. Trimming this section back so that the sidewalk was clear and the signs stood out from the hedge would transform it into a Good Neighbour Hedge. Here are snaps of this section of the hedge as it looks now: from across the street, from the driveway looking north along Wellington, and from the property boundary looking south along Wellington.
Another Not So Neighbourly Hedge on Wellington Street is on the property at the southwest corner of Oxford at Wellington, which is 29 Oxford Street. It is a tall evergreen hedge that starts at the back end of the house on Wellington and runs south along Wellington to the property line. The bottom part of this hedge has grown out over part of the sidewalk. Because of its height, the top part of the hedge overhangs much more of the sidewalk than the bottom.
This hedge needs the type of severe trimming that was given to the hedge along Croft Street at Wellington. Trimming this hedge back so that the sidewalk was clear from the ground up the 6-plus feet level would transform it into a Good Neighbour Hedge. Here are snaps of this hedge as it looks now: from across the street and from the north looking south along Wellington.
It's worth repeating here what we said at the start: Good neighbours with hedges that border sidewalks will keep those hedges trimmed.