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Old 12-05-2017, 07:17 AM
 
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^^^^^^
I should restate that I no longer mow or maintain the lawn or garden, that is contracted out.
Your point about time and being busy was very accurate in our case. Spending half the summer at the beach or elsewhere it was a pain and I had quality service folks who did a better job then me. Bermuda grass in the summer grows like crazy and needs to be cut weekly.
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Old 12-05-2017, 10:52 AM
 
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One of the criteria many folks use, especially their neighbors in many cases. Count me as one of them. I like well groomed automobiles also. Shined cars with a reflective coat sitting in the driveway of a well landscaped house is impressive to me and others. Realtors and window shopping prospective buyers are usually impressed also. Curious you revived a almost two month old thread to make this point, so out of respect I gave you my updated thoughts.
Whatever, it is pathetic to believe a person's value can be measured by a lawn or vehicle. You must be a very shallow person to think this way.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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LMAO, judging a human being's worth by the quality of grass. SMH
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Whatever, it is pathetic to believe a person's value can be measured by a lawn or vehicle. You must be a very shallow person to think this way.

I didn't get the impression that anyone was claiming that there aren't other factors in judging people's worth as human beings. Therefore I found the two posts above somewhat over-the-top.


All I took from those posts was the undeniable conclusion that (other things being equal) someone who lets his or her house and property go to hell is inconsiderate of the neighbors, at a minimum. We don't live in little boxes, walled off from one another - our actions affect other people, in this case their property values and their enjoyment of their neighborhood. Who wants to live among eye sores? Who wants to live next door to even one single eye sore in a neighborhood?
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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DH and I are kind of amazed at the number of older retired men on our street (where we just moved to) who spend crazy amounts of time every day tweezing their yards. I love gardening too however this seems to border on the obsessive. Weather permitting...the blowers come out every day and each fallen leaf is blown away even though it is autumn and there is no stopping the leaves until they are done. Every three or four days the weed trimmers and mowers come out. And then of course daily watering so they can do it all over again. My analyst mind is just wondering what causes this strange obsession with the perfect lawn?
Retired men need a job. If they don’t have one, they’ll make one up. Thank god they have yards to fuss with, or golf to play, or they’d be inside rearranging the kitchen cupboards.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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..... Who wants to live among eye sores? Who wants to live next door to even one single eye sore in a neighborhood?
I suppose one needs to consider what is an eyesore. My yard is 3/4 acre, and after removing 7 dying huge oaks, it still has several large oaks and at least a dozen trees higher than 3 stories and many more in the range of 1-2 stories tall. About 1/4 of the yard is undisturbed dense woodland and it abuts a large portion of a neighbor's yard that is in the same condition. The part of the property that could be considered as "yard" contains very little grass. Due to the shade, we are happy with whatever will grow. That includes ivy, ground covers, dandelions and just about anything except poison ivy which I kill off several times a year.


About half the housing lots in my neighborhood could be considered as manicured forest land even though most are small, about 1/2 acre. The other half are more traditional lawns with flower beds. Obviously I prefer the forest look and consider the lawns and flower beds to be a travesty and an absurd distortion of the real world.
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I didn't get the impression that anyone was claiming that there aren't other factors in judging people's worth as human beings. Therefore I found the two posts above somewhat over-the-top.


All I took from those posts was the undeniable conclusion that (other things being equal) someone who lets his or her house and property go to hell is inconsiderate of the neighbors, at a minimum. We don't live in little boxes, walled off from one another - our actions affect other people, in this case their property values and their enjoyment of their neighborhood. Who wants to live among eye sores? Who wants to live next door to even one single eye sore in a neighborhood?
This is why I love living out in the country. My neighbors don't give a rip what I do with my lawn, and I don't give a rip about theirs.

Remembering the old "Principles of War" list - for me, the lawn and yard are an "economy of force" operation. That is, I try to do a decent job, but with minimal time, material, and effort committed to it, so as to conserve resources for more important operations (like for example the pasture, which actually makes money for me, and the garden, which provides tomatoes and other vegetables of a quality that I can hardly buy in a supermarket.).
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:44 PM
 
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Whatever, it is pathetic to believe a person's value can be measured by a lawn or vehicle. You must be a very shallow person to think this way.
Sorta funny, really funny if you only knew. But that’s the point you don’t. Reality for all of us is that we have many levels/layers of how we react to things. Lawns and cars are just two. Appreciating a person for their lawn or well detailed cars, DOES NOT mean under valuing overall someone else for their lack of. Appreciating a beautiful woman doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate a woman you might not consider as attractive. Does it?

Do you live in a HOA community and have you gone to a meeting?

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Old 12-06-2017, 06:32 AM
 
Location: the Old Dominion
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Default ...it's a cub cadet...

Up until Ottinger corrected me, I thought I had a lawn. I have a yard. So I mow the grass and trim the three bushes as needed. The lone Cedar tree in front towers over the front porch. No leaves to rake. And I rarely rake the grass clippings. From the road, my yard looks nice. I like my yard. And I pretend to have a lawn.
So take that, Billy Ottinger! (We were going to retire the end of this month but he passed away last Spring. I liked him)
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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DH and I are kind of amazed at the number of older retired men on our street (where we just moved to) who spend crazy amounts of time every day tweezing their yards. I love gardening too however this seems to border on the obsessive. Weather permitting...the blowers come out every day and each fallen leaf is blown away even though it is autumn and there is no stopping the leaves until they are done. Every three or four days the weed trimmers and mowers come out. And then of course daily watering so they can do it all over again. My analyst mind is just wondering what causes this strange obsession with the perfect lawn?
My husband is fairly obsessive about the lawn. We live on a corner lot so we have lots of visibility. He edges, mows, week eats, etc. Sometimes twice a week. Weed/feed, fertilizer, turns on the sprinklers all the time. I put in flowers in the three flower beds - periwinkles that are low maintenance, Portulaca around the tree as it requires little water. Set it and forget it.

I don't get it either! He is 71 years old and I beg him to get a lawn service. Texas heat is pretty bad in the summer, and there he is, out there sweating and messing with the lawn....doesn't want me to help him, etc.
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:46 AM
 
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My husband is fairly obsessive about the lawn. We live on a corner lot so we have lots of visibility. He edges, mows, week eats, etc. Sometimes twice a week. Weed/feed, fertilizer, turns on the sprinklers all the time. I put in flowers in the three flower beds - periwinkles that are low maintenance, Portulaca around the tree as it requires little water. Set it and forget it.

I don't get it either!
Did he want to buy a corner lot? Folks often do just because it offers the opportunity to create great curb appeal. Folks who are into landscape appearance often prefer developments with Home Owners Associations. Forty Five years of owning six homes every one with community covenants. When we transplanted that was one of the guidelines for our realtor. On the other hand there are those who hate them. We had a corner lot st one time years ago and I loved lawn maintenance. I would often have people driving down the street stop, complement and ask a question or two. Obviously it was a community focused on neighborhood appearance.

When you sell a house you realize the impact of the curb appeal of your neighborhood and your house on selling price/equity.
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