Now that the weather has changed and all the pretty flowers are in bloom, our yards are needing some attention too. Sometimes the great weather can have some of us getting carried away...Here are some things you may want to watch out for so you don't become the talk of the neighborhood!
Removing Trees - Not only do trees increase property value, but they also are revered by your neighbors. People just become attached to trees. It's your property, but, think twice before you just remove a healthy, beautiful mature tree. The flip side is don't keep a tree that is dangerous to others or your home and remove dead trees as soon as you can. Those can have your neighbors up in arms as well!
Extreme Ideas - Deciding to make your entire yard a gravel landscape (especially in an area where it isn't the norm and doesn't make sense) or allowing your yard to go "all natural" like a weed covered forest floor can cause not only your neighbors some grief, but, if your yard stands out as an eyesore in your neighborhood, this can affect your home's property value as well as the neighbors'. Having a unique yard is okay as long as it compliments your home and the neighborhood instead of detracts from it.
Too Much Watering - If you are constantly watering your yard (and the street) it may cause your neighbors to wonder why the water waste, especially if it is during a time of drought. You are the one paying the bills, but, being excessive with water use can cause some friction between you and your neighbors, so use water wisely.
Outdoor Noisemakers - Leaf blowers, lawn mowers and weed-eaters all have their place in maintaining our yards and landscaping, however, over use or using a noisy outdoor appliance during sleeping hours can become a big no no in a neighborhood. Be thoughtful about your neighbors and do these tasks in smaller spurts at more convenient times for everyone.
Dangerous Plants - A lot of different sorts of plants can be poisonous to humans or animals, so be careful what you plant especially if there are a lot of small children in the neighborhood or roaming animals. Purposely putting the neighbors or their pets in danger will definitely cause the neighbors not to be happy with you and in some cases, could lead to legal issues. Be as safe as possible with the plants you choose.
Outdoor Decor - Having a table and chairs on your patio, or some place for you to sit on your front porch or a wreath on your door can add charm to your home, however, when you start to add more and more outside items, it can make your yard look just as cluttered as a room with too many knick knacks! The difference is, in your home, the people who see it are generally only those you allow in your home, not just everyone as they pass by on the street! Be thoughtful when you add outdoor decor even if it is seasonal. Some neighbors won't mind a few holiday decor items or even a lot once a year, but, a constant clutter of things year round will have the same affect as letting your lawn grow wild or not keeping the weeds out of the landscaping. It will just make your yard look messy and irritate your neighbors.
These are just a few things that can cause issues between you and your neighbors when it concerns your yard. If you talk to your neighbors and let them know some things you would like to do, before you do it, it might give you some insight as to what is okay and what might cause some issues. Some neighborhoods have housing associations or covenants that may restrict what you can or can't do to your home or yard, but, even if your neighborhood doesn't, it's nice to apply the golden rule when it concerns your home, too. Make sure you treat your neighbors' feelings as you would want them to treat you.