So it mowing season again, and I like to have a nice looking, especially over the weekends. I alternate mowing directions each week so that the grass don't get used to laying the same way. Anyway, the house next door to the west of us, is broken into two apartments, one upstairs and one down. The downstairs tenants are nice and very friendly. Don't see them outside working much, but all in all they we get alone great. The upstairs tenant is a single girl, early thirties, and has a full grown chocolate lab. She is in charge of mowing the grass due to the downstairs tenant not wanting to clean up dog poop. The upstairs tenant likes to cut the grass, but will only do so about once every three weeks. Now you have an idea as to how the yard looks each week, especially with the walking fertilizer spreader. At times, the grass would be almost a foot high until the upstairs tenant finally decided to mow. They don't have a trimmer or weed eater, so needless to say, the grass along our chain link fence wouldn't get trimmed on their side.
All last year I put up with this, and it bugged me to no end. The downstairs tenant used to apologize to me for their yard looking so terrible. He'd always compliment me on the look and condition of my yard, then quickly start complaining about the girl upstairs not mowing each week. Claims he would cut it each week if it weren't for the dog crap. As for the upstairs tenant, she would complain about the downstairs tenant never mowing it. If the dog crap was the major issue, she says she would clean it all up before he would mow, but she personally thinks he is just lazy.
As far as I'm concerned, I really don't care who the fault falls on, or who's turn it is each week to mow. I know one thing, I won't have the grass growing halfway up the fence again this year. Tonight I cut our grass, and after standing back to admire it when I was finished, I couldn't help but look over at that side of the fence. My yard may look nice, but to me, it looks like crap with that high grass along the fence like that. So, I got my weed eater back out and went over and trimmed the fence myself. When I was done, I cleaned up all of the grass clippings, loaded it in a bucket, and dumped it all in my garden.
Now my yard look nice!
My wife thinks both the upstairs and downstairs neighbors will be offended, and thinks we might lose them as friends. She thinks that I really have guts for doing what I did, but I don't care at this point. What do you guys think? Was I wrong for taking matters into my own hands and doing it myself? Let me know your thoughts.