When we think about who a “nuisance gardener” is, we rarely associate ourselves with this ragtag group of misfits. Instead, it’s a word we save for a nagging neighbor or a bothersome community member who irritates us to no end. Yet, it is conceivable that some of our garden activities may not endear us with the neighbors.
Are you a Nuisance Gardener?
So, before we point the finger at those who “get under our skin,” let’s take a quick look at some of those pesky activities to see whether we may – perish the thought! – be considered a nuisance gardener.
The most hideous of all nuisance gardeners is the noise nuisance. This individual has little or no, concern for neighbors’ well-being and insists on using the mower/blower-vac/chainsaw or other power tools first thing Sunday morning. The only nuisance that rates higher than this are performing these similar activities on a bank holiday. Imagine the gall!
Next, but not a distant second, is the gardener who takes joy in trimming their boundary hedges only to leave their neighbor’s prunings laying in situ. While the gardener’s side of the fence looks neat and manicured, the neighbors now resemble a green-waste depot.
Maybe you’re justified leaving the waste to lay there week after week because your neighbor refuses to trim their side of the hedge – but really! Is it that difficult to keep harmonious relationships?
I swear that most gardeners in my neighborhood wait until the wind changes before they apply their organic fertilizers. The moment you crack open a well-earned cold beer and take a seat on the patio, your skin becomes a noxious green as you gasp for breath and the odor of fertilizer envelopes the street.
Admittedly, I haven’t always checked the prevailing weather conditions before applying soil amendments, but this is one activity that will undoubtedly wind you up as a nuisance gardener.
As gardeners, we’re all keen to make the most of a borrowed landscape yet not so impressed with a view-blocking landscape. A nuisance gardener is one who doesn’t consider what their landscaping activities may inhibit their neighbors from viewing.
Instead, they plant trees, hedges, large growing shrubs, or erect landscape structures that clearly don’t promote neighbor harmony.
Most will argue that a view is a valuable commodity, and hindering that outlook may cause enemies rather than develop life-long friendships.
This nuisance gardener doesn’t have to be a dog, or cat, owner. Crowing roosters, threatening geese, roaming peacocks, and arrogant alpacas can undoubtedly bring the level of neighborhood consonance to its knees. Put yourself in your neighbor’s shoes and ask the question, “If my car had become the territorial interest of my neighbor’s gander, would I be removing them off the Christmas card list?”
Tobacco. Pot. Backyard incinerators. Regular burn-offs. Patio incense burners. Smoke, no matter the source, can strain neighbor relationships beyond the burning point. It’s often an unpleasant odor that can keep neighbors indoors and label you a nuisance gardener.
In the interests of keeping friendly relationships with your neighbors, it may be worth considering some of your gardening activities and assessing whether or not you may have become the nuisance gardener yourself. I’m not saying you are….just asking the question!
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I love this post. My neighbor to the back, has a leylandi cyprus hedge…and why do they sell those insane TREES as hedges. They now range to about 25 feet or a bit more and unless we clear cut our side, it shades out most of my south facing back yard. Okay, wait, Nuri, I feel a blog post coming on. You inspire me!
Like everyone who is stopping by your blog, I’m glad to see you are still alive and writing. Let me just say I miss Blotanical. Got any news? I guess I might be one of those nosy gardener nuisances. I’m quite sure I’m not alone!
I’m pleased to report that not only are we not nuisance gardeners, none of our neighbors are either. Our biggest problem is kids smoking in our front garden and throwing their cigarette butts in the beds. Disgusting, plus the tobacco kills the roses.
Wow. I’m a nuisance gardener! I must admit though that I’ve been forced into it. I have a small lot in a small town downtown area. When I bought the house a few years ago I was amazed by the tall fence, large hemlocks and other large trees that overhang the fence while creating almost complete privacy. Of course it only took a few months to realize why they did it. Next door is a section 8 rental (which isn’t a bad thing) but the family that lives there is. The father is in jail for selling drugs and each of the kids has spent time in jail for everything from drug dealing to assault to breaking and entering. I even had to yell at the youngest one for scaling my fence, trampling through my garden and walking through my yard to make a drug deal at the foot of my driveway.
Anyway. Long story short – I keep my trees trimmed on my side, mow whenever it’s best for me and throw their beer cans and other trash back over the fence when I see it along with branches from my trees that the neighbor’s boyfriend drops over my fence when they come down on their side of the fence. You would mind but I’ve been nothing but nice to them since I moved in – letting them borrow ladders and other equipment.
My yard and gardens are my escape and When the only thing you have left is being a nuisance gardener to protect that it’s a wonderful feeling.
Really good post, funny how most people never really want to admit it, but almost all of us are nuisance gardeners somewhere along the line…