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Old 07-13-2015, 09:04 AM
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Long story short, I have a new, crazy lady neighbor. You don't want pics. She is odd, won't look at you and avoids all contact. In six months...

1) non stop barking dog, long story but resolved.

2) Killed all the grass in her yard and replaced with mulch. Threatened to call the cops on my young children if an errant soccer ball happens to go into her precious mulch. My Italian/Indian wife was ready to hit the dirt with the crazy broad. The crazy suggested that our kids should play in the backyard or at the park a few blocks away! So, our kids have no right to play in their own yard to avoid the chance of a ball going into her mulch. My kids are respectful and have done nothing to disturb her yard of bark, other than walk over to a ball to retrieve (only a couple of times).

3) Boyfriend openly smokes weed in the backyard (not against the law in Colorado). He can do what he wants, but it would be nice if he was more discreet. Not sure a man to man would be productive.

Now another issue is brewing that I'm not sure how to handle, need some opinions.

I have aspen trees along the mutual border. If you know aspens, they put off shoots all over. Many of these have popped up in her mulch (she did not put any landscaping fabric down, just killed the grass ). I know she has been spraying them with roundup. Since they are connected to the trees, I am concerned she will kill the mature trees. What do I do? If she kills my trees, can I do anything?

Sucks to have a bad neighbor. I have never had issues with neighbors before, EVER! The old neighbors were AWESOME and loved our kids like their own. We were sorry to see them go.

I have ruled out burning the house down, banging her sister, or killing her dog.
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Long story short, I have a new, crazy lady neighbor. You don't want pics. She is odd, won't look at you and avoids all contact. In six months...

1) non stop barking dog, long story but resolved.

2) Killed all the grass in her yard and replaced with mulch. Threatened to call the cops on my young children if an errant soccer ball happens to go into her precious mulch. My Italian/Indian wife was ready to hit the dirt with the crazy broad. The crazy suggested that our kids should play in the backyard or at the park a few blocks away! So, our kids have no right to play in their own yard to avoid the chance of a ball going into her mulch. My kids are respectful and have done nothing to disturb her yard of bark, other than walk over to a ball to retrieve (only a couple of times).

3) Boyfriend openly smokes weed in the backyard (not against the law in Colorado). He can do what he wants, but it would be nice if he was more discreet. Not sure a man to man would be productive.

Now another issue is brewing that I'm not sure how to handle, need some opinions.

I have aspen trees along the mutual border. If you know aspens, they put off shoots all over. Many of these have popped up in her mulch (she did not put any landscaping fabric down, just killed the grass ). I know she has been spraying them with roundup. Since they are connected to the trees, I am concerned she will kill the mature trees. What do I do? If she kills my trees, can I do anything?

Sucks to have a bad neighbor. I have never had issues with neighbors before, EVER! The old neighbors were AWESOME and loved our kids like their own. We were sorry to see them go.

I have ruled out burning the house down, banging her sister, or killing her dog.
I can help... I had the neighbor from hell at the old house in NJ. Read: Retired NJ School Teacher who never married. Old, mean, bitter and down right crazy.

I tried *EVERYTHING*. I tried to ignore her, be nice to her, kill her with kindness... everything. NOTHING worked.

I finally invited my father over, who is a complete psycho (retired LEO, not a single wire in his head is right). We were putting in a fence on account of a new dog I got. She comes out and starts with her nut-head ranting. I tried to ask her, nicely to just go inside - we're working here... and she kept at it... threatening, etc...

My father but down the auger, walks over to her, exchanged some words with her and next thing you know she walks back to her house.

A minutes later the local LEOs show up and want to talk to my father (she called the cops on my father). (This lady calls the LEOs daily)... father and them start laughing and back-slapping... and having a good ole time.

That lady never bothered me again. Ever.

When he got done with her the lady thought I was crazier than my father was and she was down-right scared of me.

Moral of the problem: People like that only know fear. Make her more scared of you than your kids are to play ball in their yard. Scumbags only know one language.

You can try and go and talk to the guy with the weed habit. That part would bother me...
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Be respectful. She doesn't want kids in her mulch don't put kids in her mulch. It's give and take. She quieted down the dog, balls in your mulch.
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Be respectful. She doesn't want kids in her mulch don't put kids in her mulch. It's give and take. She quieted down the dog, balls in your mulch.
We are respectful, always have been. She threatened to call the cops on a 12 and 8 year old. The kids recognize that she is not nice and know to stay out.

So, should my kids not be able to play on their own property??
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Parker, Invite Old Pete and his Dad over.
Have some Iced tea and a walk in the yard.
Lady (woman) comes out, Old Pete Sr. talks to her.
Problem solved.


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Can you put up a nice looking fence? Good fences make good neighbors, especially when the neighbors are nuts.
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I am sorry that I don't have anything for you, but I am curious how you got the dog to shut up.
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We are respectful, always have been. She threatened to call the cops on a 12 and 8 year old. The kids recognize that she is not nice and know to stay out.

So, should my kids not be able to play on their own property??
That lady sounds like a wack job she's lucky I don't live next door to her all I can say is if you heard that Hornblasters.com lol.If her bf wants to fire up a J you should go down to the firework shop and pick up some mustard gas and through them over the fence bet he won't be outside smoking a J for awhile.
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This is a tough one. Yeah no one wants to deal with other peoples kids but threatening to call the cops over a soccer ball in the front yard, that's just too much. If it were me when she started bitching about somethig I would just tell her to call the cops. Let her get the reputation with the local LEO of being the crazy who calls the cops all of the time.
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I'd be a Walmart buying all kinds of cheap balls, then throw them in her yard when she's not looking, and leaving them there.

This could go on for months!
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I am sorry that I don't have anything for you, but I am curious how you got the dog to shut up.
Rat poison...

We put up with it for longer than we should have. He is a big, beautiful German Sheppard. She would just let him bark and bark. I kept putting off talking to her, hoping the dog was just getting used to a new environment. Then, we got an anonymous letter telling us to shut up our dog. That triggered me to talk to her about it. I am very laid back and was not confrontational at all. She acted like she didn't know, which was total crap. Anyway, to her credit, it has been 100% better.
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Keep the kids off of her mulch. She quieted the dog for you. Her BF is practicing what is apparently perfectly legal there in her backyard. Not much you can do about it. Your kids can play in your yard. Once they kick the ball over they are no longer in your yard. And before you hollar, I have two kids, 11 and 6. They know better and stay in their yard. One reason I moved to the country from a neighborhood. I hate neighbors.
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Keep the kids off of her mulch. She quieted the dog for you. Her BF is practicing what is apparently perfectly legal there in her backyard. Not much you can do about it. Your kids can play in your yard. Once they kick the ball over they are no longer in your yard. And before you hollar, I have two kids, 11 and 6. They know better and stay in their yard. One reason I moved to the country from a neighborhood. I hate neighbors.
This is what we are trying to do. My kids do stay in our yard, but, literally, a couple of times, they have retrieved a ball from her yard. They are not kicking up or disturbing the mulch, just walking in it to get the ball. It covers her ENTIRE yard, it is not like a flower bed. I am not going to tell my kids they can't play in their OWN yard, would you?
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Put up a stockade fence?
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get a big tall sturdy fence, that you can't see thru, will work wonders
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get a big tall sturdy fence, that you can't see thru, will work wonders
this !!!!!!
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she doesn't want kids on her property. She is a pain in butt but it is her property.
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You should tell your kids not to go get the ball without getting prior permission. She will either get tired of getting the ball for them or granting the permission each time.

I am friends with all of my neighbors. However, I still respect their property. I recently killed a snake that was in my backyard. After a good shovel whack, it made its way under my fence to my neighbors yard. I called him immediately on the phone to make sure he didn't mind me tracking it down on his property and finishing the job. Common courtesy goes a long way.
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Start a mulch fire in her yard.
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