The dandelions are blooming.

April 21, 2009 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

We have an annual summer ritual in our house, one that has started somewhat early this year: the cursing of our neighbors.

They may be nice people.  They may be Christian people.  They are NOT – in any way, shape, or conceivable form – good home managers, specifically of their yard.

It has been like this the entire time we’ve lived here.  During the past two summers, I have had to call the city to come out and inspect their yard for tall grass.  If Alissa had been allowed to play in their yard, we wouldn’t have been able to find her; THAT’S how tall their grass was.

At one point last summer, the man of the house told Brad that he would be laying down sod.  They tilled up the entire lawn in preparation for the sod.  And then – the project stopped.  (This is not an anomaly at their house; we watch a lot of projects get started and stopped midway through over there.)  So the yard became a barren expanse of dirt.

And now the barren expanse of dirt is abloom, in yellow & white dandelions and purple & green weeds.  The weeds are encroaching on our yard, which Brad spends a lot of time on maintaining.

The funny thing is that our neighborhood covenants don’t ask for grandeur. The houses in our neighborhood, for the most part, have modest yards.   The covenants specifically state that all homeowoners must maintain a lawn (i.e. grass) to an acceptable standard.  The planting of bushes, shrubs, and other landscaping is encouraged, but not mandated.

So we’re not asking the world here.  Just that these people throw down some sod.  And then maintain it, both by keeping it alive and mowing it when it gets tall.

Not only are the weeds threatening our yard, but the state of their yard is pulling down the value of our house.  The house across the street from us sold recently, after sitting on the market for a good length of time.  The association president indicated to Brad last night that the previous owner of that house threatened legal action because she had to take a loss on the sale, after the buyers indicated dismay about our neighbor’s yard.  What happens when we go to sell our house, which we are planning on doing in the next couple of years?

The irony is that the neighbors on the other side of us have the BEST yard and landscaping in the neighborhood.  They are constantly out working in the yard, adding new things, mulching, mowing, etc.  We’re not expecting all of our neighbors to be as attentive as these neighbors are.  We just want GRASS.

This is our house.  Notice the lush green lawn...it's not perfect, but Brad works hard to maintain it.

This is our house. Notice the lush green lawn...it's not perfect, but Brad works hard to maintain it.

This is our neighbor's house.  There is a definite distinction between where our yard ends and theirs begins.

This is our neighbor's house. There is a definite distinction between where our yard ends and theirs begins.

A close up of their weeds.

A close up of their weeds.

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