I own residential real property
, single family residence, in Az. My neighbor
's chain link fence was, per her, constructed 6 inches in from the property line on her property. I have a lawn currently, and am gradually switching to desert landscaping
My neighbor built her fence about 18-10 years ago, prior to my purchasing the home 14 years ago. She let me know that her fence was 6 inches in and I've been careful to respect that.
I let her know about the upcoming landscaping, and that I'd instructed my landscapers to add a 4" high plastic border along her chain link, so that the rocks don't go over into her yard and become a hazard when she's weed-eating. She left a message a little bit ago, reminding me essentially not to encroach on those 6 inches. This means I'd have to create a more substantial, artificial border that's free-standing, to keep 6 inches away from the fence. So, now weeds and such will grow in that tiny little border (about 80-100 feet long) and will require additional maintenance
I would like to know - after having a fence in that position for so many years, and my dogs having the run of the entire yard including that area, am I able to actually use that space, and landscape up to the fence, or should I keep everything six inches away from the fence?