Remember these cleared out and clean garden beds I spent last Sunday working on?
3 days later I came home to this:
The pictures are blurry but you get the idea that the beds are disheveled and torn apart. That's thanks to our neighbor's lawn service. Remember last year when they blew all of our neighbor's leaves into our yard? Andy had politely talked to them about the problem and we thought it would no longer be an issue. We were mistaken.
This year they blew leaves all over our yard, into my garden beds and blew the straw all over the place. Needless to say I was extremely frustrated. They didn't attempt to clean the leaves out and left the garden as is, they didn't even try to recover the beds with the straw. Luckily they were still at my neighbor's when I got home and I said something to them. They tried to act like they didn't know they did it but promised to come clean it up the next day.
Well they didn't show up, so Andy called and they finally came Friday. When I went out on Saturday to check out their work I realized they cleaned up the leaves but at least a quarter or more of the straw was gone and they tromped all through the beds. We don't walk through the beds, the point of raised beds is to NOT walk through them for loose soil. It was obvious they has walked over the beds and compacted the soil. I was so mad I could have cried, actually I did.
I ended up having to rake back all the straw, take a garden fork to loosen the soil, rake and even out the soil, and recover with straw. I had to dig up all the garlic I planted and replant it. I spent an hour and a half fixing their mess.