*Deep breath* I am incensed.
Our neighbor just took it upon himself to come into our backyard UNINVITED and spray a BUNCH of super-toxic chemicals on our lawn, aka thistle patch.
Here's the story: We recently purchased our first home and have been getting to know our neighbors, who are all 60+ and seemed nice enough. We've exchanged hellos and had conversations. Our backyard had a huge thistle patch. I had been researching *Natural* ways to kill the thistles, as our family is very careful with chemical and toxic exposure. We only use baking soda-vinegar type products in our home and try to eat exclusively organic. I finally found a product, called Eco-Smart that is plant oils based and organic that supposedly kills thistles. So I went out one evening to weed whip the area in preparation for spraying. Then my DD#1 got hungry, so I had to stop and go make dinner. DH was firing up our grill for the turkey dogs and the neighbor comes by to chat. DH mentions that we are taking care of the thistles today, and the neighbor (old man) gets really excited and starts talking about a product he has that "just kills those suckers."
DH politely says "No thanks. We are spraying a natural product."
Neighbor: "This stuff works great. I have half a bottle left....blah, blah, blah"
DH: No thanks.
Then DH comes in to tell me that the neighbor really wants to spray our yard with his chemicals. I said "NO WAY!" I go out to tell him no and can't find him anywhere. So I go back in----and I see him through the window in our backyard just spraying away with the chemicals all over our back yard.
So, now what do I do? I have been keeping the kids off that area for the past 2 days. I made DH ask him for the bottle, so I could write down the chemicals (a LONG list) and see the side effects.
If I confront him, I am sure he will be shocked. He thinks he really helped us. He has been generous sharing tools, etc. He is old and not likely to change. We have to live here so I don't want to offend him.
However, I was really angry and don't want anything like this to happen ever again. DH says that he wants to let it go, but never invite him on our lawn again and not talk to him much.
Thoughts on how to minimize exposure? Thoughts on dealing with neighbor?