Then put the bag in the trash.
Maryland has adopted the “Massachusetts Self-Help Rule” that says you must assume responsibility for the care and preservation of your own property. This means that you can cut branches that hang over onto your property. However, you may not destroy the tree in the process, nor can you cut the tree down.
The Montgomery County Roadside Tree Law and the Maryland Roadside Tree Law both work to conserve trees in the County’s right-of-ways. These laws require residents who plan to plant, prune, disturb, or remove street trees to obtain permits. Therefore, two permits are required; one from Montgomery County and one from the State.
In addition, if street trees are removed, both laws require replacements. Visit the Department of Permitting Services to obtain a County right-of-way permit. Cutting Your Neighbor’s Tree Branches & Maryland Property Law. If you live in Maryland and own property, you own the property from the center of the planet to the useful area of sky above the land! Whether you can cut your neighbor’s tree that has branches hanging over your land, the Maryland courts follow the “Hawaiian Rule” whereby the owner of the tree has no obligation to control the growth of the tree.
Trees - Get It Fixed. Inspect, Remove or Prune County Tree. Request inspection, removal, or pruning. Check inspection, pruning, or removal request status. Request stump removal. Tree limb hanging or broken. Tree or limb down blocking roadway (Emergency) Tree.