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My eyesore yard and reasons for it...

Friday, June 29, 2012

My husband has Alzheimer's and has lost what little ambition he had for yard work. He said the back yard didn't matter cause you can't see if from the street. (Wrong!) We have nosey neighbors on both sides and they are also worried about our terrible weeds spreading to their yards.

I have been trying to talk my husband into doing a "better job" on the yard patrol but I don't think he "gets it."

Soo anyhow my daughter said I should mow (I could do that), but I am afraid of the gas powdered brush whacker I bought and also decided it is too dangerous for my husband to use. Luckily his grandson will be coming back to finish off the weeds and re-mow the lawn as it was quite long when he dide it last week and it has popped up unevenly and needs to be spruced up. When he is here I hope to get him to clean out our gutters which won't work at all because there is so much debris in them.

I am really surprised the neighbors didn't report us sooner as the weeds were about 3 feet high and the notice from the city said no weeds or grass can be 10 inches high.

I think the neighbors don't want to say anything to our faces cause they might be asked to help us out somehow (fat chance of that).

So tomorrow the yard will be "legal" again and I can quit worrying until about 10 days from then when it will need mowing and whacking again.
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    Sorry your neighbors aren't supportive. I have been very lucky in that respect. Do they realize that your husband has Alzheimer's? I wasn't aware of that and am sorry to hear. My mom was diagnosed in 1999. Hope that someone steps up and gives you a hand.

    hugs...Mary Anne
    2082 days ago
    Do you have no organizations that could help you? I know my grandson has done lots of community service work with the boy scouts, and that has entailed helping with yard work etc. I have a wonderful neighbor, My husband nor I can do what we once did, and actually we do not have any yard equipment anymore, it wore out, we gave it away or our son took it to his house, We do have a gardener, but all he does is mow and edge (and not great) but I for the most part can do the rest,
    The water situation in Southern California is not the best, and our rates more than doubled last year, That was enough to quit having the beautiful green lawn, now it is shabby, and gets watered a bit one time a week. Of course when people put in these yards, no one told us about how water was going to go up. So my yard is not very different than most on my block, Money does force a person to conserve (although I do know it is important)
    I wish your neighbors were a little more understanding, and thought about what should be done.
    I have one very helpful neighbor. they are all ok, but this one goes beyond the term neighborly, and I realize I am very lucky to have them.
    You have a good grandson too, so hopefully it will all work out.
    2085 days ago
    Sorry your neighbors aren't more helpful but very glad you have such a helpful and loving grandson.
    Blessings and hugs,
    2085 days ago
    praying your neighbors will offer help.

    2086 days ago
    Sometimes....sometimes if you talk to people directly, they end up helping. Maybe ask one of the neighbors for a suggestion of a kid who could help? Once they hear the situation presented, they just might find a way to help themselves. Here's hoping!
    But do try not to worry about it too much. Weeds are so insignificant in the long run.
    2086 days ago
    Sorry your neighbors are not more understanding of
    yoursituation but that is so common these days.
    Once you have it done, it would help if you could
    keep ahead of it. We last mowed our yard 3 weeks
    ago and everything is brown.Weeds? They are
    too scared to grow LOL!
    Try to have a good weekend. HUGS!
    2086 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/30/2012 12:07:59 AM
    Your neighbors know that your husband has Alzheimer's, they should be helping you with the yard work.My neighbor, her husband has MS. Every winter my husband plows their driveway & sidewalks. They try to pay, not once did he take anything. They have a grandson & son in-law that mows the grass.I also think churches need to get together & volunteer there time to reach out to those that have an illness. I wish we lived next door to you we would help you. Take care
    2086 days ago
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