Garden Etiquette - How To Act When In Another's Garden

 


Article by: Fred Davis

One thing I've noticed in recent years (and others have also mentioned in passing) is that there seems to be more garden , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees visitors who are "out of sorts" and, at times, downright disrespectful and thoughtless. I recently overheard a couple of avid gardeners remark that if they see another tumultuous season , Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) like this one, they'll soon be ex-gardeners! One even wished she'd designed a "secret" garden , Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) into her landscape, , Selecting the Right Roses for Your Garden set aside only for her and close, trusted friends.

True, times like these do seem to fray fragile nerves and stir up some deep frustrations. Polite society, however, clearly requires garden , Buy Flowers Online visitors -- out of sorts or not -- to observe a sort of "code" to at least attempt to avoid trampling on another's sensitivities or property , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips rights. Here are a few suggestions to make your visit to someone else's garden , In the Veggie Patch - December -- private or public -- more pleasant, informative, and relaxing while, at the same time, avoiding the ire of its gardener or manager.

For parents with youngsters in tow, one of the kindest things you can do is to control your little ones (and some which aren't so little, as well). Filled with energy , Flower Shops and exuberance, youngsters can do a great deal of damage as they race around. Advise them to stay on paths; forbid rock-throwing, flower-picking, and branch-tugging; and assist them in keeping their sometimes cheeky remarks to themselves.

Domestic pets of visitors have no place , Landscaping Your Garden and Adding Value to Your Home wandering around in someone else's garden. , Hummingbirds … Attracting Those Little Flying Powerhouses Yes, there may be a resident pooch or cat, but that's never a reason to turn your pet -- even cute little "lap-dogs" -- loose to rip and tear, dig and chew, or otherwise "soil" the garden , Making Memories with Flower ing environment with their wastes. Leaving Fido (or even worse, big-footed Boomer) home , The Amazing Hummingbird is always the safest bet. Your friends will most certainly appreciate the kindness. . .not to mention your deeply appreciated respect for their "turf."

Stepping off obvious paths , Step by Step Pruning for New Gardeners - Part I to go plodding around in the cultivated soil , Choosing A Landscape Contractor of a friend's garden , Saving Seeds from Your is definitely out! You may do that in your own garden, , Benches but it's not going to be appreciated by most of your friends...and, if you persist, may get you an invitation to leave. (Much of this annoying and now near-universal habit of modern gardeners originated with the advent of television. Turn on any gardening , Common Landscaping Tools For Every Landscaper program and see "experts" in total disregard for the structure of soil , The Amazing Hummingbird as they tromp straight into a cultivated bed , In the Veggie Patch - December to achieve a better camera , In the Veggie Patch - December angle.)

Don't pick flowers, , The Amazing Hummingbird take seeds, , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees or snip or pinch cuttings unless you've been invited to. Yes, I've seen it in my garden , National Home ing Club and the gardens , Flower Shops of others. Often, offenders will glance around first to see if they're being observed; then snip! or snatch!, and into a pocket or purse it goes. Seed-snatchers, blossom-pickers, and cutting-crooks are rarely invited back.

Don't appoint yourself , Garden Room Basics as the official visiting weed-puller or bug-stomper. Remember that one person's "trash" may be another's "treasure." Who knows...maybe they wanted that weed , Patio Swing Covers ("wildflower"?) there, and perhaps that squashed insect was a valuable, beneficial type, nurtured and protected by its host. . .the now-offended resident gardener.

Maintain an up-beat, positive, giving, sharing, and pleasant attitude while visiting another's garden. , Adirondack Furniture - What It is and Why You Want It Even if you see all sorts of terrible things (mistakes, misadventures, unfinished tasks, weeds, , Give your Seeds a Head Start - How to Start Your Seeds Indoor bugs, diseases, , Spring Wedding Flowers stones, , Adirondack Chairs - How to Choose One snaggly trees , 7 Timeless Garden Decor Practices and shrubs, , Common Landscaping Tools For Every Landscaper pet residues, scattered tools , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips and hoses, odors, etc.), try hard to put a positive spin on even the worst of circumstances. Avoid insensitive remarks like "Oh, I see you have [some plant , Pond Liners or other]; I have one, too, but mine grows , Lawn Tractors - Buying the Right One taller and has better looking leaves and prettier flowers. , Hummingbirds … Attracting Those Little Flying Powerhouses " Another real "killer" goes something like, "Yeah...a hosta...I've got 25 different varieties in my garden! , I Was Asked if I Had Any Stepping Stone Molds "

Finally, for you tobacco users, please don't grind out cigarette butts or spit tobacco juice in others' gardens. , Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping ..and never light , Butterfly House in the Flower Garden up a cigar there, either! Most avid gardeners treasure the sanctity, peacefulness and, hopefully, the freshness and purity of air , How To - Casting Decorative Concrete in their garden , National Home ing Club retreats. Nothing invades that refreshing, rejuvenating, and clean micro-environment like the pervasive smell of tobacco smoke -- especially the disagreeable odor of a smoldering cigar. Few things are less pleasant to police up than someone else's stomped-in cigar or cigarette butt.

And while on the subject, "field-stripping" a cigarette (an old military trick intended to avoid detection by the enemy -- or the drill instructor in boot-camp) is just as bad, if not worse. Not too many people realize that virtually every shred of processed tobacco is a potential source of a deadly agricultural organism known as TSWV (tomato spotted wilt virus). The malady can wreak havoc among many different varieties in a once-healthy garden, , Add Value to Your Home - Landscaping causing stunting of plants , 7 Natural Stone Pebble Projects For Every Home and a discolored mosaic pattern on the leaves, accompanied by unsightly leaf distortion (puckering). Infected plants , Edgeworthia Chrysantha must be destroyed -- there is no cure, only prevention. So, if you're a smoker, the next time you visit a friend's (or public) garden, , Xeriscaping is Waterwise ing whip out a stick of chewing gum...leave the smokes in your pocket.

It all boils down to this: treat others, their gardens , Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) -- and their gardening , Buy Flowers Online efforts -- with the same kind of respect, gentle honesty, and caring with which you'd like to be treated. Where have I heard that before?
Fred Davis is a Master Gardener, Master Composter, , Add Some Enchantment To Your Backyard With A Garden Gazebo correspondent, lecturer, co-owner/operator of a popular 18-year-old perennial , Design The Desert Landscape Of Your Dreams nursery in south-central Maine, and author of "Keys To The Garden , Patio Furniture - Coordinating Cushions, Chairs, And Canopies Gate...Saying Some Things That Need To Be Said." He and Linda, his wife of 44 years, reside in Palermo, Maine, and may be contacted by visiting http://www.HillGardens.com

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