|looking down through my perennial garden|
Allow me some leeway here, to vent and maybe even use profanity. I am passionate about some things, and one of those things is yardwork. Call it landscaping for an upscale feel, or urban gardening for a trendy feel, or just plain yardwork for a suburban vibe. I LOVE a well planned and cared for yard. It can be wild and overgrown, or primly tidy...I love to see evidence of the care that people put into their habitat.
|half of my back yard, after major trimming yesterday|
Every day I walk my little terriers around my steep hillside neighborhood. We go slow uphill because Bandit gets a bit out of breath...well, I do too. :-) I have a chance to admire the yards and green areas along the road.
|dwarf spirea, macro|
Lately I have seen some godawful properties. Weeds and foxtails instead of a lawn, dog crap piled beside the road, fences falling down, suckers taking over a bare, worn down area. What the hell are these people thinking? That they are the only ones who matter?! Do they not see these eyesores? I know we have more renters now that the economy has taken a dive, but I was a renter when younger and I didn't let my home and yard look slovenly.
|rental next door in decline-it was once a gorgeous property|
Here are the basic rules-mow your yard, water the bushes, pick up dog crap. Mr. Biblioblog and I discussed the above situation last night at dinner. All three parties are at fault-the renters because they are shirking their responsibility to the yard, the owners because they are ignoring their income property (they live 1 mile away!), and the property management company because they have clearly been taking a fee for doing diddley squat (channeling my stepmom).
My parents owned and ran a property management and real estate business for 50 years or so. The business is still up and running through one of my brothers. He works his ass off keeping the rentals nice, and the yards maintained. He hires contractors when he cannot do the work himself, he has a yard service if residents are elderly, he even lowered rents recently because so many people were in dire need. What you see above would NOT happen in the family business. It lowers the value of the property and creates problems for the neighbors. It is absolutely one of the &#%$**@ things that piss me off.
Thanks for taking the time to read through this diatribe. Do you have any suggestions for this situation? Scroll back up and admire my yard before leaving :-)