Well, we got a nasty letter from a neighbor who said our house was an "eyesore" and that if I didn't care about the value of our house, I should at least care about the home values of the neighborhood. Why the note?
Because we have dug up our front lawn and insted of grass we are planting wildflowers. We put rocks around the edge of the sidewalk so that the dirt won't run onto the sidewalk. And we are careful not to let the flowers get messy. But, still a note.
Make sure that some of your wildflowers are not considered "noxious weeds" in your town ordinances or subdivision rules.
Have you already made sure that you didn't buy into any set of subdivision rules about lawncare, what you can do for landscaping? I suspect that you have or your neighbor would be doing more than nasty notes.
I hate grass too, but luckily no one is too worried about it in our little town.
Be sure the boundries between your garden and peoples yards are clear and that your plants aren't hanging over and be sure you keep flowers that are done blooming trimmed and looking nice.
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Do you think that all of your neighbors hate your yard, or just one anonymous person? I'm envisioning an older white male who loves to fertilize, mow, and chemically treat his yard.
Of course, it's your lawn, so (barring lawn care contracts) love it as you like. It amazes me that in this country where we talk so much about independance and liberty we are still so bent of conforming. Particularly in the suburbs. Isn't everyone tired of that stereotype by now? I live in the city and it's so refreshing to see a house or 2 one every block with an ivy lawn, or some are solid violets, or what are those... hostas, or there's one around the corner that's all crazy explosions of flowers with lots of odd garden sculptures.
Best of luck to you, enjoy your flowers (and your neighbors, I hope ).
We planted seeds this morning with our dd. She had a blast, explaining to us what her garden was going to look like and asking us not to step on certain areas. She loves it so much. To me that is enough to stop thinking about the neighbor for a while.
I like the "native meadow under construction" sign. We are learning as we go about sustainable landscaping. I bought a book about "wildscaping" and it has befor and after pictures, of course, before looks like our house when we moved in. I have a great book called Gardening for the Future of the Earth. Our goal is to have the area certified by the state as an Organic Landscape and Garden or a Wildscapes Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program. I think they are two different programs. I do want to post some response - maybe we will less likely be harrassed. I went bike riding with my dd Sunday and we talked to most of the neighbors that we saw. All seemed as friendly as ever so I am hoping this is just one neighbor who is a not-so-brave note writer and is an "older white male who loves to fertilize, mow, and chemically treat his yard." One neighbor that seems a little less friendlier than usual, warmed up to us and then laughed and laughed when my almost 4-year-old dd asked him, "Sir, can you tell us if it is Winter or Spring? It is such a nice day, we are confused."
We have always wanted to garden and we finally finally have our own house! We did our vegetables in our back yard last year with our organic vegetable gardening books. Our food was SOOO good.
Thank you, again. Keep the ideas coming. Your gardens sound beautiful, too!
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