The guy on one side is a yard fanatic. Always got a project and will work late into the evening pruning and edging. He doesn't seem to have any hobbies, though we wonder about his sports car and the handcuffs hanging over the rear view mirror of his work car. He and his wife work hard and make a living. They have a charming chihuahua.
My approach to yard work is casual. I mow, mulch, chop the brush, toss twigs in the creek pull cherry laurel volunteers up by the root and plant a replacement dogwood now and then but that's about it.
He (and she) had to rebuild the side of their garage, driveway and storm drain to handle water drainage and did a good job. The houses down here were all built back in the late 30s by a builder who was casual about the property lines, so when he rebuilt I lost three feet of space on our side of a retaining wall and several trees we liked. Had to move the mailboxes. That's just the way it was, no complaints, its THEIR property. But when he finished, he started leveling the ground next to my driveway and I had to go ask why. Turns out he intended to put in some azaleas and build a flowerbed along the side of his garage next to where we park. I had to kindly but firmly point out that on his side of the now clearly defined property line, he could do anything he wanted. Bamboo, naked statuary, fountains spouting fire, et, but on MY side he needed to leave it alone and let me handle it. Further, he shouldn't build anything on HIS side that needed depended on access from MY side to maintain. I might build a wall or a carport, or some future owner might, but the basic reason is: it's private property.
He was quite crestfallen. He couldn't understand my objections to a wonderful flowerbed and box-cut azalea hedge that only took another foot of my land to complete. He repeatedly told me how he had planned it and how nice it would look, and how he couldn't execute this landscaping without a bit of our lot.
Very insulting and disrespectful, (though I maintained a civil tone) that he would assume he could just peel off a strip of my yard to do whatever he wanted.
I don't think he or his wife are speaking to us now.
That's the difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives want you to leave them and their property alone. Liberals want to do wonderful things and don't see the harm in taking private property to do them.
This will play out one way or another, but I think I did myself and future property owners on both sides of the line a big favor yesterday.