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Old 12-06-2012, 11:51 AM   #76
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Your neighbor's yard is none of your business.
If it effects my property, then yes it is. It can effect my property by lowering property values, having to look at their ugly mess daily, possible rodents from excessive junk.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:32 PM   #77
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I need to bake cookies for my neighbors

I'd rather have a neighbor with two rotting pumpkins than a neighbor who feels like it is his or her duty to report every "infraction" they perceive. There are health hazards and there are preferences. They aren't the same. Maybe, I'm wrong but I don't examine everyone's yard and property. What some consider trashy or unkempt may not be the same for everyone.

OP, just be careful. I know a person I'm another city who mowed hs neighbor's yard when he mowed hs own. He really thought he was helping out and doing a neighborly thing. He was arrested later for trespassing. The prosecutor threw it out, but technically he was trespassing. Because of his job, he received some punishment in his personnel file since he was arrested and admitted he dd in fact trespass.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:37 PM   #78
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It would just cause bitterness. I'm still annoyed by our back neighbor who caught me off guard after a weekend away as I was unpacking the car to complain to me about the backyard -- to which my DH had planned to mow that day anyway (but heck, I didn't know it since I hadn't even gotten in the house yet and I was already tired from a long drive & cranky -- I think she did offer to mow but all I kept thinking was she would then be the type to sue us if there were any problems since she is coming over here to complain). If I recall that was a particularly crazy busy summer for us so the front got mowed way more often than the back because that was all we had time for.

Unfortunately, I have a very negative view of her now and that was several years ago.
That would aggravate me, also. Knowing me, I probably would have smiled and said, "we were going to mow today, but now that we spent time chit chatting, we just don't have time". I know you said you didn't know he was planning it, but I would have said it anyway. I hate it when someone oversteps their bounds.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:55 PM   #79
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I just want to jump in and say that my yard can get a bit neglected, not hoardersville or anything but weeds and random toys, but I do my best. I work full time, I'm a full time wife and mother, and go to grad school. My husband works about 60 hours a week and spends most of his time after work helping care for our DD so I can do homework. I know that there are people who are superhuman and can keep their homes perfect inside and out while still working, but we are not them. Again, we do our best. I remember my single mom worked a lot and our yard could get a bit neglected, but instead of complaining our wonderful retired neighbors pitched in to help her. Instead of complaining about it, have you asked them if they would like some help with their yard? If you approached it in a nice way such as, "I know your busy and I would like to lend you a hand with this," you might be surprised by the results. I know if someone offered to help us on an overwhelming day, I would be brought to tears by their kindness. Don't always assume these things happen out of lazyness, they just may be overwhelmed.
Just a thought, I might be wrong, they could just plain be lazy, but try not to judge too harshly.
Nice post. we don't know what people are experiencing, do we?

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That is not a very good excuse. I work 50 hours/week. My wife works full time and is taking her Masters. She is a teacher, so she has extra work in the evenings too. It doesn't take very long to
mow the lawn. I spend about an hour every week mowing the front and back. I still have lots of time left over to care for my two young sons while the wife does her work and homework. We are far from superhuman. Instead of sitting
on the couch watching TV for hours a night, I can look after my kids and do whatever work needs to be done around the house. I guess it depends in
people's priorities in life. I guessing these neighbors the OP was mentioning are not too busy to do the work, probably just too lazy.
I can't imagine going through life so critical and judgmental of everyone. I don't know the people, but I don't automatically think they are lazy. It could be they have illnesses, family requiring assistance, Etc. As for yards and houses, your perception of acceptable is not necessarily the same as others.



PS, i think a person could post he or she was run over by a bus, and someone would post, "well, I was run over by a bus AND a car".
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:29 PM   #80
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OMG. Pumpkin seeds in the yard. The horror.
Well, I assume that since there is no mention of a garden that this pumpkin is rotting in, it would be considered unusual for a pumpkin to take seed in grass or a landscape. I would not like to have pumpkins sprouting in *my* grass. I have had gourds take to seed in my landscape, and its a pain to get to the area they were at. A gourd rolled off my pourch and rolled under a bush. The next late summer/early fall I had vines growing out from under my bush. It was not part of the landscape plan, let me tell you!!! I do and will continue to think that seeding in those part are undesireable.

The point is that these people are renting a property. They obviously do not feel that they should respect the owner, neighbors or the land that they are renting. If someone chooses to plant gourds and pumpkins as part of their landscape plan, rock on with their bad selves. But, the homeowner, should be made aware of it as it can affect the curb appeal of the home or invite bugs, animals or some other kind of uninvited things into a neighborhood. That is just not smart in a neighboor hood as far as bad feelings, impact on home worth, or invasion of the property by varments.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:58 PM   #81
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I need to bake cookies for my neighbors
I cook for mine weekly! Good guy. Loves cars... He had 18 on his property at one time.. did I care? Nope! He's also cut down trees for me for free, helped me install a new starter on my van, put in a new replacement window for me. he's like an uncle to my kids. I could not have asked for a better neighbor I'm so glad he's never complained about a pumpkin on my porch (which I actually do have but its not rotting yet... )
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:34 PM   #82
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The point is that these people are renting a property. They obviously do not feel that they should respect the owner, neighbors or the land that they are renting. If someone chooses to plant gourds and pumpkins as part of their landscape plan, rock on with their bad selves. But, the homeowner, should be made aware of it as it can affect the curb appeal of the home or invite bugs, animals or some other kind of uninvited things into a neighborhood. That is just not smart in a neighboor hood as far as bad feelings, impact on home worth, or invasion of the property by varments.
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We have neighbors who are renting the house next door to us. The owner relocated for her job and is renting it out to friends. When the owner lived there she always kept her lawn mowed and neat looking. She moved out in June and the yard is a mess. The tenants left their pumpkins from Halloween on the front steps until they turned black....in fact I think they are still there. The lawn isn't an issue now since it's December but the rotten pumpkins are disgusting! I just want to knock on the door and ask them to take care of it.
It sounds like the owner is friends with the renter. Not sure if it makes any difference.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:31 PM   #83
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It sounds like the owner is friends with the renter. Not sure if it makes any difference.
Yes, it does...but not in the way you might be thinking I would 100% make sure that she knew. I would feel safer renting to a friend, but if they were treating my home like that I would want to neighbors to let me know. I would assume that I could trust my friends wih my property, but friends shouldn't ever lend money or do business, IMHO. Maybe they feel entitled to act like that because they are friends with the owner? Either way, I would be contacting the owner with my concerns. Sometimes good friends when up close and personal can be not so good friends or clients when the Cat is away
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