Our garden was mowed down. Again.

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ugh.  How rude!  I guess short of putting up an actual fence with a SIGN there’s no getting through to that guy :/  Sorry that happened!

Post # 4
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Geez!  My basil is just starting to grow like crazy again, and I’ve got peppers coming out of my ears!  I’d be so mad if someone mowed down all my chives and oregano.  I’d be tempted to just leave him your receipt from the farm stand every week when you have to go buy the stuff you WERE growing.

Post # 5
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oh no!!!  My cucumbers just started producing, too, so if someone mowed them I’d be pissed!!!

You could alway try growing those in pots, too–we’ve even got a tangerine and orange tree going in really big pots.  Our cucumber’s in a big pot too.  Just put some rocks or something at the bottom to help with the drainage.

Post # 6
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d ask for some sort of compensation back for the money it cost you to start up 2 gardens and have them mowed down.  Can he not tell the difference between a well kept, thriving garden and a bed of weeds?

Post # 7
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Ooh, I would be pissed. At this point, I would just put up a big sign saying “DO NOT MOW THIS! LEAVE OUR GARDEN ALONE!!”

Even though it would be super passive aggressive but hey, gotta do what you gotta do lol. 

Post # 9
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@tmsing:  Is he fully right in the head?  Most people with any sense can recognize the difference between weeds and a garden, especially if there are barriers in place.

Post # 13
234 posts
Helper bee

My mom hired someone to cut her lawn since she and my dad were taking a break from work and what not. First year they guy didn’t have to worry about obstacles since they only had 2 trees in the yard. However, last year I decided to renovate the yard and put in lots of shrubs and start a garden for her since she wanted a more enclosed yard. We told him to be careful since we had planted some plants in the yard.

At this point I had planted a pink wiegla bush, bridal wreath spirea, a japanese snowball bush and a blue hydrangea as well as the garden with tomatoes, cucumbers, mint, and basil. The shrubs are only shin/knee height, but obvious enough that they were shrubs and not weeds. They had damn branches and some with flowers. The guy managed to mow down all the ones with FLOWERS (the japanese bush and blue hydrangea) and hit all the shrubs, pretty much breaking the wiegla in half and mowed down half of the bridal wreath spirea. He didn’t touch the garden patch though.

We were SHOCKED. Since none of them were planted close together or too close to the fence so he had room to mow around them. He said he didn’t see them and though they were weeds. 

He did this once more when we bought new plants, even after we told him what he did, and so we did not ask him to come back after his payment was done.

Moral of the story? Don’t trust anyone with your garden. =/

Post # 15
234 posts
Helper bee

@tmsing: I agree! bahaha.

My mom was more sad than anything. I was the angry one, since it took me so long to dig those holes in the clayish soil in her yard and amend it with a lasanga-style patch, you know, the whole green and brown gardening method to make the soil more soft and nutritious for the plants.

In regards to your situation. If you are there for another summer season, I suggest investing in chicken wire and some cheap pvc pipe. Make a make-shift fence around it, with a door (just one side of the chicken wire) that is tied shut. It keeps the rabbits and unperceptive mowers from destroying your garden.


Post # 16
2306 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

WTH? I would be so pissed. I might be totally wrong, be sounds like a jerk!

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