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Old 08-11-2011, 10:27 AM
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Late last year I moved to a new house in a quiet area. I only have one neighbor and our properties are side by side. I started a vegetable garden this year and all was well and then my tomato, peppers, and bean plants were acting strangely. The leaves curled into a twisted mass and the blossoms fell off or became distorted. I had never seen this before so I took a sample to the local farm extension service. They quickly ID'ed the problem as herbicide. I was puzzled because I don't use 2,4d and only use Roundup on the driveway. There was still time so I pull those plants and re-planted. (About 50 tomato, 20, peppers, and re-seeded about 80' of beans. Everything was growing good and then it happened again. I went back to the farm extension and they were puzzled and told me I would have to wait until next year to grow a garden.
Today I came home to find my neighbor's lawn being sprayed by Trugreen. I went back to my garden and while the workman did control the spray nozzle I could smell a heavy odor of what I thought was 2,4d. I asked the workman how often he sprays and he said every month. This was the first time I saw him do it. Thinking this was where the herbicide was coming from I called Trugreen who told me that their spray will kill vegetable plants. However, they said they are not responsible. Other than that one neighbor I have woods all around me and there would be no reason to spray those areas. Not realizing this was the reason for my dead plants I did not document.
Trugreen did say they were willing to cooperate with me but failed to tell me how.
This season is gone for warm weather corps. Next year I will have to plant with the knowledge that all the plants may die again. I will document and I will take whatever legal action I can.
Some will suggest I talk to the neighbor. I already tried that over a leaning tree on the property line. They are an older couple who pretend not to hear when I say something they don't like. So there is no talking.
I believe Trugreen or other lawn spraying services is responsible for collateral damage to adjacent properties. I hope I am right.
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:14 PM
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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I am sorry that your neighbor is having their lawn sprayed. They don't realize the incredible
damage to the environment they are doing by spraying that poison on the grass.
Anyway, I wouldn't want to eat veggys from my garden if the spray is killing the plants.
You could look into a nice cold frame, greenhouse type of thing.
Some people have instructions on UTUBE as to how to build them.
You can grow veggies year round if you construct one, where your veggy garden is now.
Something to think about, especially fresh veggies in winter when they cost
an arm and a leg.
I'm seriously thinking of building one myself for veggys and tropicals.
Do a search online to see what some pople are doing. It's amazing.
Don't eat any veggys that can be exposed to spray in the air. That spray isn't good for people to eat.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:29 AM
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Call the State Department that handles licensing and controlling Pesticide Regulation. File a formal complaint against the company and include the evidence from the extension office about what killed your plants. Be as descriptive as you possibly can including specific dates and times. Then talk with your neighbor and tell them that the company that they hired has caused you financial damage and that you are filing a formal complaint and might seek compensation.
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:00 PM
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I would also try to figure out if anyone in the family has had any skin rashes, breathing problems, etc. Years back (1980s) we pinned Trugreen's spraying upwind of us to my daughter's allergies. Threatening a lawsuit for health got the people to get Trugreen to spray what they called the "environmental formula" (read: less toxic) and we convinced the family to just do what we all do: let the grass grow and mow what grows green, be it grass or a weed. (Hey, we are in the country. ) Having a neighbor who is certified organic for field crops calling the company also helped -- his pointing out that the neighbors could not spray within some special distance of his crops basically shut down their spraying at all.
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:30 PM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I'm sorry. Another poster listed some advice to users RE: don't spray pesticides even near plants you don't want to die...and she was shot down. Quite rudely, I might add, and I'm sorry I didn't defend her at the time. I live near a railroad that sprays the plants near the tracks...and a lot of nearby plants die in additon to the ones they spray directly.

I'm sorry, but neighbor issues are tough. I am also a little timid LOL but I screwed up the courage to ask my neighbors about property line issues and they turned out to be really nice! I suggest talking to the neighbor about the spraying. He/she may agree to a compromise.

Honestly, even if the plants didn't die, I wouldn't want to eat anything grown near possible herbicide offspray. Another option is to put up a fence after discussing w/ the neighbor or if you want to get creative LOL grow some "roundup ready" corn LOL as a barrier between the adjacent yard.
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