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Was reading about someone who is asking their council to chop a tree down in the street as the leaves make a mess of her plastic lawn. She finds it hard enough washing it each week without the added hassle of sweeping leaves every day.
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There are no words...
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Or there was the woman in the news that was almost electrocuted whilst doing the weekly vacuum of her plastic grass. A big play on the fact that she was saved by her £30 plastic Puma flip flops.

If you have to vacuum it weekly, why not have grass and mow it weekly.
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How do these people get the pigeon poo off their fake grass?
Chickens are a girl's best friend (though diamonds would be nice too!)
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They don't, they send anguished letters to the council asking them to cut trees down so the birds don't loiter, and also ask them to send letters to the neighbour's telling them to stop feeding the birds.

Someone OH follows on twitter came home to find the neighbour's had been into her garden and chopped down her lilac and ripped the wisteria off the fencing, because the leaves fell onto their plastic lawn, plus trampled her bedding plants in the process


You can also buy a spray that you put over it that gives you that "new mown freshness smell"
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Whitchurch, Hants, has been in a horticultural frenzy this year. A very energetic group of ladies has raised money for plants and planters and hanging baskets, planted them up and distributed them all over the town centre, whist urging people to cultivate their front gardens, all in the interests of getting our little town recognised in the national Britain in Bloom competition. Having sorted the baskets and planters, the group then set to work weeding cracks in the pavements and along the edges of walls etc, and cleaning the slabs by hand, so that the town would look unnaturally pristine for the judges’ visit. The Day of Judgement was to be on a Friday, which is the town’s refuse collection day, so we were urged to take our bins in asap after they had been emptied so as not to look untidy, and to temporarily move them somewhere out of sight if they are normally visible from the road. This caused some indignant comments on the local FB page about people having to go to work and not wanting to take the day off to move their bins. However, the judging took place OK, and we await the result. The centre of town, at least, looks unusually tidy, with nary a stray weed in sight. Not like in the Middle Ages!

And then, this week, a Council employee was pictured going round the town centre with a huge tank of weedkiller, spraying all the non-existent weeds in the places which had just been cleaned and cleared by the volunteers! There were some indignant comments, including mine, about environmental damage and unnecessary waste of money, but also several vociferous in approval, asking when their local weeds were going to be sprayed. Eg this one;

“Thank God for that
It's about time .I'm really pleased all this hoo ha about chemicals absolute balony.”

You just can’t please everybody, can you?
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No you can't, like the child who wrote to her council saying how lovely to see a roundabout near her covered with orchids, please leave it alone. within a week it had been mown
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It’s the same here- new development, large area seeded for wildflowers in February, mowed in late March by same contractors, and again in June, when they sprayed the edges, despite protests! And then came the drought..
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Another annoying bit about them mowing, they never send a litter picker round first, so you get everything shredded.

We have just realised we have had no litter along our lane since the school run stopped for the holidays, especially the daily McDonalds bags
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This forum fills me with joy and dread in equal measure. I sometimes think I live in a parallel universe. Unfortunately I know somebody very close to me who wages war on weeds, and I have given up trying to restrain her, but it is fury making. The only bit of hope I can hold out is that the council used to be profligate with weedkiller on the verges here, mostly because of the fire risk. However, this year they haven't been out and about, not sure if its cutbacks or insight, but lots of variety in terms of foliage/flowers could be seen before the drought hit, although I don't think we have too many rare plants such as orchids.
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