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Would you report your neighbor to the city for not mowing his or her lawn?

Response Percent Votes
53% 817
46% 703
Total 1520


puddleglum 7 years, 11 months ago

hellsya! get out and trimmer down! you can't be as pretty as me, but you can at least mow your lawn.

denak 7 years, 11 months ago

No, that is the city's job to enforce that law. Unless it is knee high and there are animals building large nests in there, it isn't any of my business.


mr_right_wing 7 years, 11 months ago

A 'snitch' huh? Are we talking the mob, or personal time behind bars here? Or do you just like the movies about either?

Surely you realize the politically correct name is "informant".

BorderRuffian 7 years, 11 months ago

Therefore, people who keep a neat yard are racist, obnoxious, and irresponsible with their pets? And by extension, the inconsiderate slobs whose homes and yards are blights on the community are the decent ones?

DillonBarnes 7 years, 11 months ago

Way to go BorderRuffian for missing the point completely!

puddleglum 7 years, 11 months ago

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

It may be Wildscaping which is energy conservation.

independant1 7 years, 11 months ago

had a yuppy lawn - trimmed bushes, edged, fertilized, killed all the weeds with chemicals, the wonderfull world thanks to modern chemistry.

traded it for country life, mow part of both neighbors frontage just to make the country lane have a little neat and tidy feel to it, would make a nice postcard photo.

do my neighborscare? a. he's a city boy b. he's crazy/stoopid c. likes to drink beer w/headphones loud music d. trying to give the wife some space (aka take a break from wife) e. exposes all the trash the city folk throw out while driving through f. all of the above

Would I report my neighbor for not mowing his lawn? It's quite possible his wife is half owner. I'd report her.

Zachary Stoltenberg 7 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely. It contributes to a "blighted" appearance of the neighborhood not to mention the pest, rodent, snake, population it encourages. I have reported in the past and will continue in the future. Our code enforcement is completely overwhelmed, they do their best to keep up but actually rely on complaints to address the most serious and egregious offenders first. It's not mean and it's not un-neighborly, it's the law. Follow it or pay the fines.

workinghard 7 years, 11 months ago

Like shoveling, is there a program for helping the elderly mow their lawns? I try to help an elderly guy keep his up but it's just not always possible.

Liberty275 7 years, 11 months ago

If I had my head on every mount, I'd be mad of people went around cutting them off. If George Washington can have his head on a mount, why shouldn't I be able to?

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 11 months ago

Agreed Autie. Where is the love these days?

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

When I lived in Lawrence we regularly did help with the elderly neighbor's yard, However, to play devil's advocate, what if the neighbor doesn't live in the house, but it is a rental and the college students who live there don't care one bit for a nice yard and also put a ratty old sofa on the front porch? How far are you going to let that go on next door? What if the place has been foreclosed on and is now owned by the bank -- gonna go over and mow and bag the clippings and be a good neighbor to the bank? It is good to help neighbors, but I can imagine there are times when that just won't do.

GardenMomma 7 years, 11 months ago

That's when you need to take it up with the owner. There's lawn services that an owner can hire to mow the lawns of college rentals. And if the bank owns it, the bank should keep it up.

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Reporting is a last resort. If you have spoken to the neighbor and they completely ignore you, what action do you have left other than doing their yard work for them? Reporting isn't the ideal resolution, of course, but I would never say never.

Thinking_Out_Loud 7 years, 11 months ago

autie, that would be trespassing, then your neighbor would have reason to turn you in.

mrbig 7 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, and if you're in Eudora you will have tazers drawn and be handcuffed LOL.

workinghard 7 years, 11 months ago

It would be nice if he was a neighbor, but alas he is not. Unfortunately my asthma sometimes does not let me do my own lawn, for some reason it's really bad this year. Where's the neighborhood kids that used to knock on doors? Think I'll check craigslist, if nothing else maybe I'll find a smaller lighter mower.

BigPrune 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm thinking about lawnscaping. Just bought myself a new trimmer. I heard it is very popular with the ladies.

workinghard 7 years, 11 months ago

Craigslist removes ads after thirty days so here is the ad the link goes to, only thing I changed was spelling for sh-t (LJW rules)

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Date: 2010-06-26, 9:41AM CDT Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

I'm sick and tired of mowing, and it just goes to waste. What you want to rent me your goat for a few days? If you've got more than one, we can knock this sh-t out in a day! Give me a hollar, neighbors are starting to complain.................. Keep in mind, I'm feeding your goat for the time it's here, so don't shoot me some silly price, I'm no idiot!

George_Braziller 7 years, 11 months ago

I used to mow my neighbor's yard when I did mine because they didn't have a mower and it only took me about five extra minutes. No more. Mowed it all last summer and never even got a thank you. Last fall I mowed all the leaves into one pile so it would be easy for them to pick up. The pile is still there.

This summer I'll be on the phone to the city the minute it reaches the required height.

equalaccessprivacy 7 years, 11 months ago

Owners or the city especially need to something about properties with unmown lawns that coincide with bus stops. It's no fun to wade through a foot of grass--or in the winter dangerous ice and snow--- to get on and off the bus. This is a problem I've noticed particularly on the north side of 14th and Mass at the bus stop there serving the number 7. No doubt there are other examples.

George Lippencott 7 years, 11 months ago

Anybody think about asking the neighbor if they need help? Might be a good reason why it isn't mowed.

wildcat86 7 years, 11 months ago

That's exactly my question for everyone. I wouldn't report someone because there are some people who can't mow their lawns due to having so much on their plates that mowing the lawn isn't important. 3 years ago my mom got put in the hospital and then into hospice because she was dying from breast cancer. We were at the hospital all day every day to be with her so we never got to the lawn. Another time was when I was in the hospital due to complications with my illness and a neighbor mowed our lawn to help us out.

George_Braziller 7 years, 11 months ago

Hmmmm. Let me see. A young married couple in their late 20s who are both athletic and jog.

Nope. Can't think of a reason they are unable to mow / harvest their yard at least twice a year.

Nick Yoho 7 years, 11 months ago

I mow about once a month whether it needs it or not. That said, I would never turn in my neighbors, mowing is an environmental disaster and should be done as little as possible.

labmonkey 7 years, 11 months ago

Dude, if you were my neighbor and brought that attitude into it, I would mow your lawn with my 23 hp Cub Cadet, trim with my 2 cycle weedeater, blow all the grass off your sidewalk and driveway with a gas blower. Environmentalism is a crappy excuse.

whatadrag 7 years, 11 months ago

If mowing is an environmental disaster, what is your opinion of the motorized vehicle?

Christine Anderson 7 years, 11 months ago

I think it totally depends on the situation. First, go check on your neighbor. Have they passed away and no one knows yet? Are they ill? Is there a circumstance that keeps them from mowing, and they just haven't had a chance to access help yet? If it's a case where it's a rental, and the landlord won't let the tenants do the mowing, then call away.

George_Braziller 7 years, 11 months ago

If your neighbor passed away or they are ill, the grass is a foot tall, and no one knows?

I wouldn't call that much of a neighborhood if you don't even know your neighbors and their regular routine.

gatekeeper 7 years, 11 months ago

Years ago an old lady died in her house at 8th & Conn and wasn't found for a year. It's sad, but it happens.

Liberty275 7 years, 11 months ago

LOL. I mow the the lawns of both my next-door neighbors when I do mine.

acg 7 years, 11 months ago

A zillion years ago, when I was very, very young, 5 friends and I rented one of those dumps on Tennessee street that they pack a whole gaggle of kids into and charge them a fortune? Anyway, we had this hateful, grumpy old man that lived next door and he would come out with a ruler and measure our lawn. Then he would come over and start quoting city code to us and threatening to call and report us if we didn't mow. I hated that jerk. If it's become a jungle and asking nicely won't work, I can see calling someone. But being a narc jerk just because you're old and have nothing better to do is a waste of everyone's time. I swear to God, if it got past 3 1/2 inches tall, old man was on our porch yelling. Oh well, I'm sure he's in hell now.

BethM 7 years, 11 months ago

I am working to replace the non-native grass with other plantings so I will not need to mow. Divide the plants I have and disperse them throughout my yard. Until then, I'm using a reel mower I bought at Ernst's Hardware. I use no water, no fertilizers and I only spray Round-Up on the rare poison ivy that I find. I would hope that my neighbors would talk to me first if the grass is too tall. Earlier this year, I helped them identify some poison ivy in their yard, and I sprayed it for them. I feel fortunate that they are in support of what I am doing. In all of this I would neither report someone else's tall grass in summer nor their un-shoveled sidewalk in winter. People have various reasons why they do or don't do their outdoor care.

H_Lecter 7 years, 11 months ago

Sometimes the best way to answer a question is to look back at history. If we look to the ancient Greeks, the Romans, or the Vikings with today's question, the answer would unanimously be "No."

Of course, all three would have killed their neighbor and taken their land...and then they would be obligated to maintain it themselves.

yankeevet 7 years, 11 months ago

This is such a friendly town...........

newmedia 7 years, 11 months ago

It only takes one lazy slob to ruin a good neighborhood. If you aren't able to do it then hire it done...

labmonkey 7 years, 11 months ago

When we were looking at houses last year, we seen one that looked awesome. Perfect size, nice shaded lot, and not a bad price. We drove by it and seen why the price was so low.... Their next door neighbor's house was in horrible repair, needed a paint job 30 years ago, had junk cars in the driveway, and thigh high weeds in the yard. Every other house in the neighborhood looked as nice as the house we looked at, yet that one person lowered the value for the whole neighborhood. Needless to say, we weren't interested in the house.

Knee high grass can harbor rodents and insects that can make their way to your house and cause damage. Yes, I would report them if we could not find a solution by talking to them personally (and I would go as far as offering to mow it for a small nominal fee for them).

gatekeeper 7 years, 11 months ago

Sorry, just have to point out one thing that drives me insane. You "saw" one that looked awesome. you drove by it and "saw" why the price .....

Huge pet peeve of mine. :-)

Agree though. It sucks when one person allows a neighborhood to go down. I live in N. Lawrence and there a quite a few of those types of people there. The street I live on is all nice. A couple blocks away there are some terrible properties surrounded by nice homes. Not fair to the other owners.

feetup 7 years, 11 months ago

my old house belongs to BOA now. send them the ticket.

feetup 7 years, 11 months ago

my old house belongs to BOA now. send them the ticket.

feetup 7 years, 11 months ago

my old house belongs to BOA now. send them the ticket.

Chris Phillips 7 years, 11 months ago

I'm just waiting for the temperature to drop enough so it will snow so I can report someone for not shoveling the sidewalks...

Jimbecile 7 years, 11 months ago

I had a neighbor in his 60's. After his wife passed, he let many chores around the home dwindle. I felt bad for the guy, so i thought maybe I could help the appearance of the place, as well as curb some of his lonliness. I would help wash his car. We mended his old fence. I mowed his yard dozens of times. I didn't realize until the end of the Summer that during this time, he was actually teaching me Karate.

labmonkey 7 years, 11 months ago

You're the best. Around. Nothin's ever gonna get you down.

Deja Coffin 7 years, 11 months ago

I'd probably just mow it for them....... well, have my husband mow their yard. My neighbor mowed our yard while we were in the hospital for my C-section so I'd gladly return the favor. He's good about keeping his yard looking nice so instead I think I better make him a pie! We're blessed with great neighbors.

topekan7 7 years, 11 months ago

Of course not. I would discuss it with my neighbor before ratting them out to the city. I'd offer to cut it for them if they wished. What kinda world would it be if we didn't take the time to talk to our neighbors and connect on a personal level? This is where I live and the value of my property doesn't stop at the line between me and my neighbors. The value lies in communicating with my neighbors and making the street where we live a true neighborhood. Yes, I know, most people are glued to their TVs, computers,and video games. Thankfully, our neighborhood is one where neighbors speak to each other and enjoy visiting about their day.

RiverCityConservative 7 years, 11 months ago

This question perfectly illustrates one of the sad realities about something that has changed in the Lawrence culture from what it was in the 70s when I was an undergraduate, and growth, green, and gregariousness were the primary aspects of this quintessential college town. A few Kens and Barbies took over too much of the downtown development and turned Lawrence into a corporation rather than a town. There is always a tinge of sadness and nostalgia when I go through Lawrence these days. I'm not against progress, but ... hard to explain what's so different today, I guess...

Trouble 7 years, 11 months ago

If everyone would take the time that they spend worrying about what their neighbor is doing or not doing and just help each other out this town would be a better place to live. Quit being the little brother and running to tattling on everyone. Try being the grown-up! Talk to your neighbor and help them out.

RKLOG 7 years, 11 months ago

Tattling on your neighbors is ridiculous. 150 years ago this was all prairie. People in Lawrence probably only started moving their yards regularly since the 1950s. We mow ours, but I don't understand the obsession with those who feel it's some kind of a good deed to humanity to keep their yard looking like a carpet. If people want neat little patches to look at all day move next to a golf course, or move into an apartment complex, or gated community. And chiggers like to live in grass no matter how mowed it is.

RKLOG 7 years, 11 months ago

Barking dogs is another story, since it's illegal to either, A: Liberate them, B: slap the owners silly for allowing their dogs to be such hell beasts. I'd call Rambo if I thought it would help...

gatekeeper 7 years, 11 months ago

I have a neighbor that mows 3 times a week. He mows when the grass hasn't grown. He mows when the grass is wet. He mows in the heat of the day, just because he has to mow or he wouldn't know what to do with himself. He sprays weed killer along the sidewalk and his fence because he doesn't want to have to use the week whacker. So pretty having that dead brown grass along the borders of his property. He's such a freak that he and his wife plant flowers only in pots and have them placed throughout the yard. Can't have those darned flowers actually growing in the ground, that would be too natural. He calls the city on neighbors all the time - never ever offers to help any of them with their yards. When he does use the weed whacker, he has a huge gas powered one that could probably be used as a boat motor (we have small yards, no need for a 300hp weed whacker).

Some people just need to get a life. I think this guy spends so much time mowing and screwing with his lawn mower so he doesn't have to spend time with his family. This is also the same guy that has called the city on a neighbor who he claims allowed their cat to get on the hood of his car - there are at least 10 cats in a few house radius, but he was sure he could identify the cat by it's feet.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Internal combustion lawnmowers are the tools of the White Devil.

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