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Date: 5/24/13 9:29 PM

We sat down in the living room after dinner and watched in horror as three young girls rode their bikes through our garden. I caught up with them on their fourth or fifth trip through and asked that they stick to riding on the dirt/grassy area, but my husband was really upset.

It's a very busy street with no sidewalks and I would rather they rode through my yard than in the street, but I draw the line at my garden. It should be obvious to anyone, even 10 - 11 year olds, that the large (3' high and wide) pots as well as all the plants staked and hooped (right up against the house/directly beneath my picture window) were indeed a garden and not a public thoroughfare.

I asked nicely and they politely apologized, so I suspect that it was just kids being kids, but it's really exasperating.

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Date: 5/24/13 10:15 PM

I occasionally remind the young , unsupervised kids behind us that the trees in my yard hurt when they hang on them. My kids are teens, and they never would go into someone's yard, let alone pull and tug on the tree branches! I would have been irritated at them going thru the garden! I usually use the phrase " I am trying to grow some special plants so I would appreciate it if they would stay out of that area . Hopefully with some direction they will follow your wishes.

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Date: 5/24/13 11:24 PM

It's just hard to know what's okay these days. It would be different if I knew their families, or even where they came from, but I've never seen them before. I told them it was okay to ride in the grass but that I'd prefer they stay out of the garden. Like I said, it's a really busy street, no place for kids to ride safely. My peonies are probably doomed anyway. Their buds are looking big but the temp is supposed to be down in the 30's Sat and Sunday nights...


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Date: 5/25/13 7:39 AM

We had kids playing ball in the yard last weekend ... walking over plants & stepping on flowers... sigh! ..... I do not think there is much respect for others sometimes. ...... it is sad.

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Date: 5/25/13 8:42 AM

I think you did the right thing by talking to them. You will have a happier neighborhood if you avoid a conflict and assume they just didn't realize what they were doing. Maybe a little fence would help them see the limit. And sharing some of the veggies will also help them understand. When you make a bad impression on a kid it sticks for a very long time. Remember, adults set the example.

I am happy to hear they are playing outside. One of my favorite sounds of summer is children playing and laughing.

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Date: 5/25/13 8:55 AM

Kids don't know gardens are special, until they are taught that.

To their credit, they apologized. In today's world that counts for a lot, to me.

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Date: 5/25/13 10:02 AM

If that were my child, I would want you to read her the riot act. I think if they went through once, it was a short cut to somewhere but to go through 4 or 5 times seems purposeful. I teach my children not to go onto other people's property unless invited and not to harm other peoples' things. I tell them not to hurt our things or they are teaching their friends it's ok to disrespect our things too. A little fence or more pots to stake off your garden is a nice idea but if they come through again, I'd ask where they lived or who their parents are so they know you are serious. I think you do need to make an impression on them.

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Date: 5/25/13 11:14 AM

Don't know how you would approach this unless it would be to discuss with the parents the possibility of allowing you to work with children in planting a small patch of their own.

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Date: 5/25/13 11:14 AM

The thing is, it's your yard. It's nice enough you let them use it. They don't follow the limits you set, then they can get off your lawn. Getting to know them may also help them learn what is and is not a good idea to do, although it may be easier in my area then in yours since some parents now freak out when a strange neighbor talks to their kids. (I live in a small town.)

I DO have kids that come into my yard, and I have my own children. The cat bites (not my own kids, tho) and the dogs run off, among a myriad of other things that can go wrong. As long as they follow the few rules I set down (leave the cat alone, don't open the gate where the dogs are, you're too big for the baby swing, don't go into the back yard), it's fine. Other then that, I do sometimes turn into the "Get off my lawn" lady.

These same kids will also show up for a picnic, cookies and other things uninvited, so be prepared for that as well.

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Date: 5/25/13 12:33 PM

The last time I nicely, very nicely, told a little girl (about 7 yrs. old) not to try to pet my dogs by sticking her fingers through our fence, because the dogs might bite her, the little girl gave me the finger. And she wasn't shy about it either.

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