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Old 17.01.2021, 00:45
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Falling trees in heavy snow

I saw many trees fallen or having their branches broken due to the snow and became worries about the trees on my own properties.

Some are situated so that they could fall on:

- my own property
- a neighbours house
- damage/cut a telephone wire/pole

I would need to check my liability/home insurance to see under what circumstances these risks would be covered, but wondered whether anyone else has dealt with this.

I'm loathe to remove the trees completely, but that could also be an option (I have permission from the Gemeinde to do so).
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Re: Falling trees in heavy snow

For branches not yet snapped, try to shake off the snow by pushing from below (or better still, from the side) with a broom or similar. Wear googles, as some of that snow is going to fall down on you. That can prevent things getting worse, at least.

Here's a recent article in The Beobachter, with regard to duties, rights, obligations, etc. about moving snow.
https://www.beobachter.ch/gesetze-re...haufel-greifen
The first sections are visible to all, but to see the nitty-gritty one needs to be have a Beobachter Guider subscription.

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Re: Falling trees in heavy snow

It says there that neighbours canít shift snow onto my property. But what about the commune which loves to shift snow from the road into my driveway.

Small village, local farmer doing the plowing. I donít want to sue him, I just want him to stop doing it. Syndic says he is supposed to be more careful. Farmer just grunts.

A couple of times (not this year) we have had ice lumps blocking our driveway. I had to break them up with a heavy hammer.
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Re: Falling trees in heavy snow

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It says there that neighbours can’t shift snow onto my property. But what about the commune which loves to shift snow from the road into my driveway.
I had a word with the plow guys (I have three garages at the end of a communal parking lot), so they stopped plowing in front of my garages. They were very understanding (and I drink beer with them outside the grocery store on Saturdays)

Tom

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Re: Falling trees in heavy snow

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It says there that neighbours canít shift snow onto my property. But what about the commune which loves to shift snow from the road into my driveway.

Small village, local farmer doing the plowing. I donít want to sue him, I just want him to stop doing it. Syndic says he is supposed to be more careful. Farmer just grunts.

A couple of times (not this year) we have had ice lumps blocking our driveway. I had to break them up with a heavy hammer.
Buy a couple of snowplough control signs (https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...sign-mean.html) for each side of your driveway
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Buy a couple of snowplough control signs (https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...sign-mean.html) for each side of your driveway
Iím not even certain the farmer can read, let alone interpret signs the EF community struggles to understand.
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Iím not even certain the farmer can read, let alone interpret signs the EF community struggles to understand.
Took me a few years to figure them out myself!

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It says there that neighbours can’t shift snow onto my property. But what about the commune which loves to shift snow from the road into my driveway.
Yes, it also says that the municipality is not supposed to deposit public snow on private land, except, of course, when clearing the road has a higher priority for safety than not clearing it, and when it is just not practical to clear it all away, and so on.

The day before yesterday I saw neighbours out with huge snow shovels, voluntarily, cutting into what had already become compacted, and trying to clear the driveway and the road-side parking spaces. Admirable!
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Re: Falling trees in heavy snow

I admit my question was intended to be ironic, or perhaps, sarcastic. Of course they have to do it quickly without worrying about the consequences.

I do understand, but when they come back to tidy up, they could notice driveways and hit their lever so the snow is pushed forward 2m, and then push it again so it is pushed into my plants.

Too much to hope for, obviously.

I make a habit of clearing my driveway, even on a day like today where it is now raining. I also clear the Ďpathwayí that leads from our cul-de-sac towards the bus stop, including where the farmer has closed the path with his debris. But I donít think I have ever seen anyone clearing anything other than their own driveways.

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Re: Falling trees in heavy snow

When it comes to things like fruit trees, regular and proper pruning also helps as this prevents the formation of those closed meshes of branches that trap large quantities of snow that eventually gets too heavy for the tree to bear.
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