[Regarding “Your Neighbor’s Tree,” Nov. 6:] Trees are not part of the view if they are 15 feet from your house on the south side, are taller than the house and block the sun — to say nothing of the view. 

Why neighbors think planting a string of trees against the fence is appropriate is beyond me.

Adrienne Stone



To me, there [is] hardly a more offending view than one of mal-pruned trees or, worse yet, topped trees. 

How can trees “block” the view? They’re part of the view!

Cynthia Creasey

Queen Anne


We live on a hillside with a view of Puget Sound. Our property has been in the family since 1925. We live here partly because we love our trees for shade, habitat for birds and wildlife, and their comfort and beauty. 

All of our neighbors moved in or built their homes after we moved in 50 years ago, including those above us who have spectacular views of Puget Sound, with a few of our trees poking up. Their views of Puget Sound are far better than ours. 

We have tried to be good neighbors by trimming, topping and even cutting down some trees over the years — nothing satisfies them. 

I also believe that trees are part of the view and frame gorgeous views.

Jan Anderson

Des Moines


If you enjoy trees as your view, then perhaps it is more appropriate to live in a totally wooded area, instead of one that would be open to the water (a different “paradise”). 

While it is not a sound safety practice to butcher existing trees into oblivion to salvage them in some form, why not plant smaller trees appropriate in height that would anchor the shoreline, ones that would suffice as a habitat for wildlife, at the same time as not encroaching on others preferred views? Why would one assume that people who pay a premium to live by the water wouldn’t like to actually see the water instead of a neighbor’s trees?

It is quite likely that a tree can grow to a height and root spread over a period of 50 years that is now deemed as inappropriate in terms of the small space in which it was not appropriately planned for. 

It seems to me that 100-foot trees too close to a foundation would wreak havoc on the home itself, while only serving to block the other “paradise” beyond that some have chosen to view. 

Why not just choose to live in a large forest void of other encroaching views (like the water) if you embrace a large forest? If you choose to live by the water, plant new trees appropriate for the space and remove the ones that have now become inappropriate over time.

Debrah Cotey

Sequim, Wash.