The 7 a.m. Lawn Mower Jockey. The Sloppy Sprinkler Guy. The Blow-Anywhere Leaf Blower Wielder. The Constantly-Yelling-to-Someone-Inside-the-House Gal. These are just some of the most egregious examples of yard etiquette offenders.
Observing the conventions of proper yard etiquette makes for happy neighbors. It produces better, more stable communities, calmer children — and it makes the job of the police officer much less stressful.
However, not everyone observes proper yard etiquette. According to a new study by home improvement retailer Lowe’s, 63% of U.S. consumers with lawns and yards have experienced a breach of yard etiquette by a neighbor.
That’s right, sixty-three percent. A majority.
Lowe’s found that millennial homeowners between the ages of 18 and 34 are among the worst etiquette rule breakers. But of course we’ve all observed older folks who could use a lesson or two in neighborly manners.
So, in the interest of preventing fights and feuds among neighbors, Lowe’s has produced this listing of the Top Five Yard Rules this fall:
- Never blow leaves into a neighbor’s yard and leave them there (34 percent of Millennials have broken the golden rule of fall yard maintenance).
- Neighbor’s plants are not to be used for fall table arrangements (36 percent have picked a flower/plant from their neighbor’s property).
- Set boundaries with your sprinkler system to avoid saturating a neighbor’s property (21 percent positioned their sprinkler to hit the neighbor’s home or lawn).
- Clean up after your pets (19 percent allowed their dog to do its business in their neighbor’s yard).
- Park cars in the garage, driveway or street, but never your lawn (12 percent parked their car on the front lawn).
Now, we can’t leave the subject on a sour note. In fact, there are millions of acts of neighborly decency and generosity going on each day in this country.
Remember those millennials who are most likely to cause yard etiquette offense? Well, the members of that age group are also the most likely to lend a hand, and mow a neighbor’s lawn when it wasn’t taken care of, Lowe’s found.
We take the good with the bad, don’t we?