I am amazed at the lack of respect of other people's property!!
Ok, now that that's off my chest, here's the problem. I have a strip of
lawn between the sidewalk and the street. I have a nice lush St.
Augustine lawn (about the only one on the street). My neighbor has
mostly dirt and weeds. When someone comes to visit them, they drive
through and park on my strip of lawn. Last year they nearly destroyed
half of that area. Talking to them does not work - "It's grass, so
what?" - is what I get.
I would like to put something in that strip that deters people from
parking on it, while at the same time does not impede lawn maint. too
much. I've seen rocks placed there but that adds a good bit of trimmer
That, or do some other physical or body damage at the neighbor's
house. Lawn rippers very often don't get the idea (well, they
already didn't). So, more damage is likely to lead to revenge,
not improved behaviour.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
So plant flowers there. Every spring, you can get flowers at K-Mart for cheap.
That at least will remove the "it's only grass, so what?" rationale. And they
look nice, too.
A row of bricks, set into the ground diagonally so as to leave a sawtooth edge
clearly visible above ground, like this /\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\/\\, should be a good
deterrent to driving there, and looks reasonably decorative as well.
If that doesn't help, you have to play hardball.
If there's a car parked on your property without your permission, first ask
the owner to move it (if you can find him). Next, ask the police to have it
After a couple of times of visitor's cars being towed away from your grass,
your neighbor is going to start telling his buddies "Don't park in front of
the house next door, because the guy who lives there is a real jerk."
You won't have people parking there any more. But you also won't have a
friendly relationship with your neighbor any more, either. And if you don't
anyway, this will make it worse. Your call.
Or you could try a sign that says something like
CONCEALED TIRE SPIKES
Just the sign. No spikes. But if you saw a sign like that, would you take the
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On Sat, 03 Mar 2007 17:42:35 GMT, email@example.com (Doug Miller)
Keep a log of every license plate and when it parks there, and every
time you talk to someone and everything you say to him, and everything
he says back to you.
Especially like if you tell him the consequences, like it's going to
be towed (check with the police first to make sure you can get this
done. you don't want to be paper tiger) And especially if he says he
will move it, and doesn't or only does when he leaves.
Make the log at the time, although maybe out of sight of the people
driving the cars.
On Sat, 03 Mar 2007 17:42:35 +0000, Doug Miller wrote:
I have a neighbor that has next to them a small building for municipal
power with a little driveway there. Visitors routinely part in that
driveway. They even are so nice as to back up into the driveway right in
front of the sign that says 'no parking'. Electrical workers come there
all hours of the day and night. Cars are towed at least 1 every 2 weeks.
They just keep parking there too... It seems they can not concieve that
the sign has any meaning though you can see the building there and the
I would not be afraid to chain the car to my truck and yank it into
the street; leaving it for the Police and Tow Company.
Only backlash is if the chain or car breaks...IMO...
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
It's unlikely that you own that strip of land. The municipality,
specifically the road or highway department, owns it. You only own up
to the house side of the sidewalk. That's the usual state of affairs.
These things can easily deteriorate into neighbor warfare. Since
they're not playing nice and respecting your wishes, the temptation is
to "fix" it. If you put stones or anything else that might damage a
vehicle on land you don't own - even though it is right in front of
your house - you could be held liable.
I'd start with the reflector idea backed up with putting a lawn
sprinkler on when someone leaves a car in front of your house. It
would be a shame if someone left their car window open while parked in
front of your house. Or you could use one of these:
That's a good idea. For 20 dollars or so you can buy a battery
powered timer that will turn the water on automatically. That doesn't
mean you can't just turn it on manually, but don't let them see you do
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