Friday, May 15, 2015
Fences, Sewers, and Dog Doo
In the far southeast corner of our back yard where four properties come together there's a large storm sewer. The two houses to the south have cedar fences which skirt the sewer's cover, leaving about two feet on each side. The neighbor behind us does not have a fence, nor do we. Because of the position of the sewer and fences we maintain one exposed side by running our mower in between the sewer and a fence, and our neighbors does the same thing on their side. Once of twice a year I cut down the weeds and tree sprouts that grow between the sewer and the fences. The system works pretty well.
Earlier in the year when I did my first grass cutting I noticed a large pile of old dog feces that had been piled next to my neighbor's side of the sewer. I could tell by its color and consistency that it had been there for quite some time. I didn't know who put it there, but our house is the only one of the four that doesn't have a dog so Hubby Tony and I shouldn't be the ones cleaning it up!
I only thought about the mess when I was in that part of the yard once a week or so. Last week we had a lot of rain, and when I cut the grass on Tuesday I noticed the moisture had re-hydrated the excrement and it was pretty smelly back by the sewer. Without knowing who put the pile there I didn't know which neighbor to approach about removing the mess, but yesterday I saw my back yard neighbor mowing I went outside and greeted him when he stopped the mower, then mentioned the pile of poop by the sewer. He took a look at it, decided that perhaps his son had piled it there last time he cleaned up the yard, and said he'd take care of it. Later that night when I went outside to pull some weeds it was gone.
Five years ago today: Chocolate Heaven