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Rules on yard upkeep

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by mjbenteler, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. mjbenteler

    mjbenteler mom2three

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    Are there any guidelines about how you cut your grass? my neighbor is weed wacking the whole yard! we live in a single family home, so it's not just a small townhouse front yard. They are leaving the cutting, which are at least 6 inches long, on the very unevenly cut lawn. The house has looked abandoned for years. They were renting and recently the home was sold. We are not sure if they bought it or if they are still renting. We have called the HOA in the past, but I'm not sure if this is an infraction of the rules. Technically they cut the 6-12 inch grass. It's just that it looks awful.
    On another note, are you allowed to cut down a tree in your front yard and leave a stump or does the stump need to be removed? (different neighbor)
     
  2. PowerPlay

    PowerPlay Member

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    Perhaps a weed whacker is all they had to use? Maybe they can't afford a lawn mower? Perhaps instead of looking for ways in which you can report them for wrong doing, we should go back to the old ways of being neighborly and knocking on doors and offering to help by loaning a lawn mover or offering a blower to help them cleanup.
     
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  3. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    Yep - lawnmower dead in the water. No connection to the poster's neighbor...but thank goodness for weed eaters! It takes some skill to get the grass an even length, but it's possible. :D
     
  4. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    I would hazard a guess that the lawn should be somewhat uniform in length.
    As for the stump, no, that should not remain much longer after removing the tree.
     
  5. mjbenteler

    mjbenteler mom2three

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    I can understand your reason for saying this, but this is a continuing problem for 3 years. When you rent a house with a lawn, you should expect to have to mow your lawn. The first year we tried to be understanding and helpful. When they didn't mow, my son offered to mow it for them for $25. They said no and let the grass grow to over a foot high. They have a lawn mower. This isn't a one time thing. This is every year for 3 years. If you lived next to a house that looked like it was abandoned, you would not be happy either. They let the bushes grow into the screens of the front windows. When they do trim bushes, they leave the trimming all over the ground. They do not shovel in the winter (and I do shovel part of the sidewalk for them and help the nanny with the rest many many times) They do not rake in the fall. This is about being proud of where you live and taking care of your property.
     
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  6. mjbenteler

    mjbenteler mom2three

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    I sympathize with you. It is the start of the lawn mowing season and everyone's mower breaks now and then and it's always when you really need it. This is a different situation. They do this often.
     
  7. mjbenteler

    mjbenteler mom2three

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    thanks
     
  8. SK8R

    SK8R On the Clover Meadow

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    If your lawn mover breaks and you are unable to mow your lawn, you need to have it done anyway. Call a company or look at that list in the back of the Broadlands monthly newsletter. There are teenagers willing to do the job for you. Be sure to pay them what they deserve. Most of them are learning the basics of "business" so you can even offer some helpful advice. Either way, there is no excuse for a crappy looking yard.
    My hubbs had eye surgery last year (detached retina) and recovery was long. The first thing I did was go to Betty's in Fairfax and get names and numbers of mowers that use a small household mower as we did not want the monster mowers on our property.
    We have been using Franco American Mowers and they do a mighty fine job

    [edit]: we gave our well maintained and nearly new lawn mower to our daughter and her husband last year as a housewarming gift:cheers:
     
  9. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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  10. msss2013

    msss2013 Member

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    I also have a landscaper who does a great job if anyone needs a recommendation. He charges me $25 for a townhouse and I have been using him for 2 years. Always shows up. PM if you would like his #
     
  11. MikeK

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    They are doing my townhouse this year. Excellent young men and to echo what someone else said about "pay them what they deserve". Tomorrow the grass is a bit higher due to the all the rain so they will get an extra tip.
     
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