Gardening Tips, Landscaping Tips, Meeting Neighbors — October 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Millennials are Most Likely to Commit Yard Etiquette Offenses


As a new homeowner, you might not be acquainted with a phenomenon called Yard Etiquette Offenses, and if you’re a Millennial to boot, well, you’re one of those singled out as most likely to commit such heinous acts.

So, who exactly is pointing this judgy finger? You can place the blame squarely on a U.S. study by Lowe’s that found 63 percent of consumers with lawns and yards across the country have experienced a breach of yard etiquette by a neighbor.

If you’ve awoken at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to the roar of a neighbor’s lawnmower or have been frustrated by the guy next door mindlessly blowing leaves into your yard, you’re not alone.

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:

1. 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).

2. Neighbor’s plants are not to be used for fall table arrangements (36 percent have picked a flower/plant from their neighbor’s property).

3. 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). OK, but really, don’t you need an engineering degree to figure out those darn automated sprinkler systems?

4. Clean up after your pets (19 percent allowed their dog to do its business in their neighbor’s yard). Nothing will turn your good neighbor Sam into Ivan the terrible like watching your dog soil his yard and you not bothering to clean it up. Don’t be this neighbor.

5. Park cars in the garage, driveway or street, but never on 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.