Be a Good Neigh­bor

Fol­low th­ese eti­quette guide­lines in your gar­den for a har­mo­nious neigh­bor­hood.

Birds & Blooms - - Yard Smarts - BY CRYS­TAL RENNICKE

Whether your idea of the per­fect neigh­bor­hood in­volves an­nual block par­ties and over-the-fence chitchat or sim­ply a quiet wave hello, it’s a good idea to form pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with the folks who share your prop­erty line.

Of course, this ap­plies to apart­ment and condo dwellers, too. In those sit­u­a­tions, you may have views of each other’s bal­conies or pa­tios, or maybe the out­door spa­ces are shared. So it’s just as im­por­tant, if not more, to be con­sid­er­ate.

Use th­ese four best prac­tices to stay on your neighbors’ good side. Oth­ers are likely to fol­low suit, and ev­ery­one will live in har­mony. To be an ex­cep­tional neigh­bor:

Be Re­spect­ful.

Al­ways be mind­ful of noise. No one likes to wake up at 7 a.m. on a Satur­day to the sounds of power tools or lawn mow­ers. Keep noise to a min­i­mum and gar­den par­ties un­der con­trol. Bet­ter yet, in­vite the neighbors!

Use the same re­spect when you’re plan­ning a ma­jor yard change, such as re­mov­ing trees or plant­ing near a prop­erty line. Yes, it’s your own space, but be cour­te­ous. Give your neighbors a heads-up be­fore you make any changes that could have an im­pact on them or their yard.

Be Re­spon­si­ble.

Prac­tice dili­gent yard up­keep. Mow fre­quently, keep your lawn free from un­sightly or in­va­sive plants and vines, and be sure chem­i­cals stay out of any shared spa­ces. Visit the In­va­sive Plant At­las web­site to make sure what­ever you’re adding to your land­scape can be safely grown in your area.

Clean up af­ter your pets and keep them in your own yard. At the end of the day, put away toys, bikes and other items that could be safety haz­ards.

Be Kind.

Brighten a neigh­bor’s day with a bas­ket of home­grown veg­gies or a bou­quet of fresh flow­ers from the gar­den, lend gar­den tools, and give (non­pa­tron­iz­ing) ad­vice on their roses.

Wel­come any new neighbors with plants from your land­scape or a home­made meal or dessert. If your neighbors are go­ing out of town, of­fer to wa­ter and weed the gar­den, gather the mail and keep an eye on the house.

Pay It For­ward.

Good-neigh­bor eti­quette should be taught to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, too. En­cour­age your kids to mow the lawn or shovel snow for an el­derly neigh­bor. Make a meal and de­liver it to their door to­gether.

Be­ing a neigh­bor is more than just shar­ing the same street ad­dress; it’s cre­at­ing com­mu­nity and show­ing con­sid­er­a­tion for peo­ple you see ev­ery day.

Get to know your neighbors by host­ing a garage sale, plant swap or so­cial event.

Keep your out­door space tidy. Your neighbors will ap­plaud the ef­fort.

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