Posted: 05/03/2013 at 23:16
Lessons have been learnt and you sharing your experience I'm sure will help others in terms of so called proffessional gardeners and neighbours. It's unlikely you'll ever know whether your neighbours were involved though.
I have a neighbour on one side, who, with hindsight, presented as a 'smiling assassin' when he asked for access to my garden to replace the adjoining fence. We agreed on the height but I became suspious when he wouldn't give a date when the workmen were coming. I started to come home for lunch. So pleased I did as the neighbour had asked the workmen for a fence 2ft higher than agreed. To cut to the chase they downed tools when they knew our arrangement, the workmen were ever so nice, left their number and said they would not resume work until I called them and we'd agreed on the height. The neighbour had to agree to a height that evening or they were not coming back at all but would bill him for the work done.