Between the month of February and May, everyone in the neighborhood, begins to size one another up. As you look out the window to see the damage that the winter cold left behind. You’re all just waiting for the last March frost, to pass before anything can be planted.
Then, ever so slowly floral hanging baskets, go up hopefully unnoticed by the rest of your neighbors. You stand there smirking to yourself thinking, that this year you finally have the edge on your competition, I mean neighbors. Until you hear the dreaded sound of a lawn mower down the street, and your blood begins to boil. As you think to yourself “How dare that cut their grass.”.. Yard Wars!
In southern neighborhoods during spring and summer, usually friendly neighbors become strangers. We don’t know each other, we don’t make eye contact, we don’t speak. Neighbors, are putting down weed and feed in the evening, to ensure that no one can see the brand they are using. It’s always the same though, Scotts Turf Builder, everyone uses it.
Then Saturday Morning it’s all out WAR! Everyone is up early headed to Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, and the various nurseries. Neighbors, seeing each other in these places, but not engaging, just side eyeing one another’s shopping carts.
The sprinklers, are going, cars are driving slowly by; people walking dogs, you didn’t even know they had, just to check out the competition. By competition, I mean their neighbor’s yard. Various strangers driving through the neighborhood, selling fresh straw. They know that we are crazy, and will purchase it at any cost..lol!
Flowerbeds, green grass, floral wreaths, riding mowers, push mowers, and weed eaters. I(Juliette) decided that I wasn’t going to be competitive this year. I only had three wreaths; one on the door, one over the garage, and of course one on the mailbox.
Oh Yes! My lemon tree gave me lemons this year.
The south has always been known for our slow drawl, our unending kindness and hospitality. However, there is a bit of a dark side to southerners, we’re extremely competitive especially when it comes to yard work. So if you ever plan on moving to a southern neighborhood, be prepared for YARD WARS. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Hope Y’all Enjoy!
Remember ya’ll not everyone in the South eats fried chicken, but if you fry it just right. We won’t turn it down!