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Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Jul 22, 2015 9:39 AM CST
So, there are numerous threads about what we('d) all like in terms of gardening, but what are the things you DON'T like or downright hate?

I'll go first: I absolutely 'd├ęteste' conifers. They're ugly, they're prickly, lose an awful lot of needles throughout the year, the sap is sticky and I don't find it smelling good.
Besides that I love a more natural look and try to be organic as much as possible, but when it comes to lawns all the rules are out! I can't stand weeds in my lawn, they'r a real eye sore. Also any fallen leaves, twigs or fruit, even dog hair needs to be cleaned up ASAP!

Oh and pink flowers Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jul 22, 2015 10:33 AM CST
Ah! But fallen leaves, twigs or fruit and sometimes even dog hair are part of the natural look Green Grin! .
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Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Jul 22, 2015 10:50 AM CST
needrain said:Ah! But fallen leaves, twigs or fruit and sometimes even dog hair are part of the natural look Green Grin! .


That's why I said 'but' :p
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 24, 2015 6:44 PM CST
LOL, and conifers are definitely the "natural look" where I am! (as are dog hair, fallen twigs, etc., I'm afraid)

I really do dislike shrubs that are pruned to unnatural shapes, though. Sticking tongue out

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Claudia
Jul 24, 2015 8:23 PM CST
I dislike the really manicured look in lawns or gardens. I hate Yucca plants. I hate red & orange mulch.

I hate yards with no trees. They look naked to me. My in-laws hated to rake leaves so they had no trees in their yard ....ever.....at 2 houses! Drove me crazy!! I love trees!

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~Eeyore
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Jul 24, 2015 9:07 PM CST
LOL, Claudia -- the "trees" thing made me think of a "House Hunters" episode on TV that I saw, where the buyer-to-be didn't want any trees in the yard because "trees attract birds, which are too loud" Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 24, 2015 11:54 PM CST
OMG! I've noticed that some people move out here in the country and then clear the property, leaving just a few trees. These lots are mostly an acre or more! Always wondered why??? All those great Texas Mountain Laurels, Escarpment Black Cherry Trees, Texas Persimmons, Live Oaks, Texas Red Oaks, etc. I won't even get rid of that many Ashe Junipers, although I do have to remove some or they'd just take over.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jul 24, 2015 11:59 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:LOL, Claudia -- the "trees" thing made me think of a "House Hunters" episode on TV that I saw, where the buyer-to-be didn't want any trees in the yard because "trees attract birds, which are too loud" Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


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Claudia
Jul 25, 2015 7:44 AM CST
I remember that episode!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 25, 2015 8:14 AM CST
I hate to see horribly sheared crape myrtles and butchered trees next to powerlines. I would rather see those trees removed than half of the crown whacked out.

nodding I saw that episode too...thought he must have seen "The Birds" once too many times Whistling
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jul 25, 2015 8:34 AM CST
I dislike prickly plants, though might admire their blooms! Hilarious!
I love lawns with 'weeds', like daisies, clovers, etc..attracting wildlife, full of buzzing bees, fluttering butterflies, hoverflies..etc..with here and there patches left unmowed with dreamy waving blooming grasses. Lawns without those charming 'weeds' look sterile and boring to me.. Green Grin!
If I had the space for a lawn I would transform it into a wildflower field with waving paths mowed in it..
I dislike unnatural formal gardens, with neatly trimmed or trained plants in rows like soldiers, straight paths, no 'weeds' , no fallen leaves or plant debris, bare ground in between the plants, straight unnatural designs, find them so boring.. Rolling my eyes.

I really hate the look of beautiful old trees brutally 'trimmed' or rather mutilated into an ugly coat rack, it makes me angry and sad.
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Cinta
Jul 25, 2015 1:03 PM CST
I dislike a mess I do not care if it is a garden, lawn, or house. I like order neat and symmetry.

I hate red mulch too. It is crass, cheapens the garden look to my eyes.
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Jul 25, 2015 1:27 PM CST
Couldn't agree more Cinta
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Claudia
Jul 25, 2015 3:18 PM CST
Oh to see those trees trimmed by power companies makes me cry. Crying
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 25, 2015 3:28 PM CST
I also have a real problem with people allowing their pets, whether on leash or free ranging to wander through a flower bed or yard that does not belong to them...like MINE Grumbling
Name: Mike
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microb
Jul 25, 2015 3:38 PM CST
I hate yellow jackets, its a childhood obsession. As a child in England they were everywhere, on bake goods, in the apples and plums on trees and that sting, ouch!
I don't hate anything about plants. Yes I pull weeds and trim trees but think of the effort that mother nature took to grow them.
Name: Mike
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microb
Jul 25, 2015 3:39 PM CST
Forgot one other 'hate" - that's humidity. Its bad today. Heat index in the upper 90s.
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Jul 25, 2015 4:46 PM CST
Moonhowl said:I also have a real problem with people allowing their pets, whether on leash or free ranging to wander through a flower bed or yard that does not belong to them...like MINE Grumbling


Luckily I don't have that problem. Although my own dogs will immediately pee on the first new thing they encounter in the garden, whether it be a post/pole, a new wall, a hammock or a new plant. And when one does it, the other immediately follow with "Nope, it's MINE!" Grumbling Or when they're playing too rough and chase after the ball right into my flower bed. Everything gets trampled AND I BEGIN YELLING AND CRYING!!

True story: not too long ago I put up some cheap garden lights with LED's in the garden. What happened? Yes you guessed, my jack russel ran over and peed against the first he saw. Can you guess what did? Sticking tongue out Angry
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jul 25, 2015 5:01 PM CST
Sort circuited or possibly gave him a bit of a jolt?

If my animals mess up or destroy something in my garden, it can be upsetting, yes, but the animals and yard are mine. I do not allow my critters to roam the neighborhood and when I walked the dogs, we circled our yard a number of times first and I carried a bag for disposal, here or along the street.

Not much blows a beautiful morning in the garden like putting your hand or foot or a tool in the remnants of a critter's visit. Thumbs down Grumbling
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jul 25, 2015 5:49 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:LOL, Claudia -- the "trees" thing made me think of a "House Hunters" episode on TV that I saw, where the buyer-to-be didn't want any trees in the yard because "trees attract birds, which are too loud" Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


I have severe hearing loss. One of my customers at work, runs a hearing center and told me he could get me hear aids for free. I went in got my hearing tested, then they gave my a set on loan until I could get through the application process. When I got home and stepped out of my car I was blown away by the noise. I had no idea there were that many birds in the trees. They're noisy but I love it.

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