Barbecue, lawn mower, maintenance: what can and cannot be done in your garden?

Do we have the right to barbecue in the winter, go to the mower on Sundays, burn our green waste? Everyone has their answer, but is it really the right one? We inventory the golden rules to prevent neighborhood disputes.

Can we pass the mower every day?

The noise of a mower can quickly disturb neighbours, especially in the morning on weekends and holidays. If occasionally mowing your lawn on Sundays is rarely considered a violation, it can become the case when the act is repeated many times. In general, mowing is allowed during these time periods:

  • Weekdays: 8.30am to 12pm and 2pm to 7pm
  • Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 12pm

However, to limit noise pollution, many mayors prohibit residents from mowing on certain days or times of the day. If there is nothing in the regulations of your municipality, this means that there is no obligation (provided of course not abuse). In addition, this rule applies to all DIY/garden tools.

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Can we barbecue whenever we want?

You were quietly drying outside when suddenly thick smoke from a barbecue blackens your garden? Know that your neighbor is free to use his or her device whenever he or she wants to. However, some mayors may restrict its use to certain times or periods of the year. In addition, keep in mind that charcoal barbecues are sometimes prohibited in areas affected by fires.

Can we party in our garden?

In theory yes, but provided that the tranquility of the neighborhood between sunset and sunrise is not disturbed. If you’re planning a party in your yard, it’s best to warn your neighbors to avoid a police visit in the middle of the night. In addition, please note that noise pollution (screaming, laughter, music, etc.) committed between 10pm and 7am is considered nighttime noise. You will then be fined 68 euros.

Can we plant a tree wherever we want?

To be able to plant a tree, shrub or shrub in your garden, you must take into account Article 671 of the Civil Code. If you or your neighbor do not respect the said rules, you risk legal sanctions. Two large distances must therefore be respected to avoid nuisance in the vicinity:

  • If the tree is less than 2 m, it should be planted at a distance of 50 cm from the neighboring house
  • If it is 2 meters or more, it should be planted 2 meters from the neighbor.

Note that a tree planted more than 30 years ago cannot be the subject of legal proceedings.

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Can we incinerate our green waste?

No, the incineration of green waste is prohibited by law and punishable by a fine of 450 euros. The reason ? These outdoor fireplaces are a nuisance to the neighborhood and release particulate matter that is harmful to our health and the environment. To avoid fines, it is therefore essential to deposit your grasses, leaves and branches at the recycling center or recycle them yourself. For more information, check out our hands-on article and here are 6 natural and ecological ways to reuse your green waste.

Can you force your neighbor to maintain his garden?

Is it the jungle in your neighbor’s yard and it annoys you? In accordance with article L2213-25 of the General Code of Municipalities, there is a maintenance obligation for gardens located within a residential area and/or less than 50 meters from a house. How to force your neighbor? You must send him a letter reminding him of this obligation. If he doesn’t answer, you can contact your town hall and take legal action as a last resort.

Now you know what you can and cannot do in your garden.

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