MOORESVILLE, N.C. – If you’ve awoken at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to the roar of a neighbor’s lawnmower or been frustrated by the guy next door mindlessly blowing leaves into your yard, you’re not alone. A U.S. study by Lowe’s found 63 percent of consumers with lawns and yards across the country have experienced a breach of yard etiquette by a neighbor.
Millennial homeowners between the ages of 18 and 34 are among the most outrageous etiquette rule breakers. To help these home newbies – and owners of all ages – have the best looking yard on the block and be the most courteous neighbors, Lowe’s offers the Top Five Yard Rules this fall:
- Never blow leaves into a neighbor’s yard and leave them there (34 percent of Millennials have broken the golden rule of fall yard maintenance).
- Neighbor’s plants are not to be used for fall table arrangements (36 percent have picked a flower/plant from their neighbor’s property).
- Set boundaries with your sprinkler system to avoid saturating a neighbor’s property (21 percent positioned their sprinkler to hit the neighbor’s home or lawn).
- Clean up after your pets (19 percent allowed their dog to do its business in their neighbor’s yard).
- Park cars in the garage, driveway or street, but never your lawn (12 percent parked their car on the front lawn).
While Millennials may commit the most offenses, they are also the most likely group to lend a hand and mow a neighbor’s lawn (27 percent have mowed their neighbor’s lawn when it wasn’t taken care of). They are also the most likely to bring neighbors together. In fact, 85 percent of Millennials entertain their neighbors for at least one barbecue or lawn party per year, and nearly half (49 percent) throw three or more.
If you are knowingly or unknowingly breaking one of the yard etiquette rules, there’s still time to redeem yourself and fall into your neighbor’s good graces. For tips and tricks on lawn maintenance and fall entertaining, visit Lowes.com/DIY.