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Apr 8, 2016 7:10 AM CST

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 8, 2016 9:31 AM CST
Oh my, GrammaChar, my heart sank reading!! I admire your positive attitude about the whole thing. Group hug

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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GrammaChar
Apr 8, 2016 10:40 AM CST
After thinking about it, I wanted to delete that post. But I didn't know how. It makes me sound like a whiner. I had never dealt with a yard service before, but when my husband became ill I knew I needed help. I shouldn't complain about the results. The workers were always polite and helpful - and I'm sure they do a great job on suburban yards with sidewalks, curbs, and well-defined flower beds. They just didn't know what to do with my "natural setting" where many of the plants have jumped out of the beds and into the paths. Guess that's why they call them "wild flowers". They don't like to be caged.
GrammaChar
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Apr 8, 2016 11:53 AM CST
So true about wildflowers, they have a mind of their own. Whistling I don't think you sounded like a whiner at all, more the opposite, way too nice! Hilarious! It's just sad that more people aren't concerned or aware of how important our natural habitat is! I guess you don't blame them since you didn't explain why you wanted to be there when they did the yard work, in that regard I suppose I would think the same. Actually, I do it all the time with my dh (dear husband) who is a maniac when he gets on that riding mower, everything is subject to getting mowed down!

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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 8, 2016 7:08 PM CST
Problem with yard service? Yes, it's really difficult after you've been taking care of everything yourself. YOU know where things are, then someone comes along and it only takes a second. I can relate. I don't know what happened because the post isn't there, but I can tell you that I learned to go out when they arrived, explained exactly where to do what, then they would do it. I think they appreciated the fact I was nice but direct, so they knew ahead of time exactly what to work on and what to leave. It also took me three times to find a really good service, so keep that in mind. Once you get a good one, they remember each time they come, and then it becomes a stress reliever that someone else is working in the yard!

Side story- A friend of mine in California has a pretty tree outside her balcony, with a hummingbird nest. She lives in a development where the HOA hires the landscapers, so she has no control over what they are asked to do. The landscapers really like to trim trees- every week. So she and her husband actually schedule their work (because they can) around the time the landscapers come each week, and watch and make sure the hummingbird nest isn't disturbed. Now that's dedication...

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