My parents live on a somewhat busy but narrow two-lane road. Across the street from them lives an old couple whom we're on good terms with; in the past, they've helped us out with things, and we've helped them out. I still say hi whenever I see them.
I recently got home for a break, and found that the couple has hired a landscaping service - really just two guys - to clear their leaves on a regular basis; they're too old to do it themselves. Unfortunately, one of the landscapers has, for the past week or two, decided to use a leafblower to blow the leaves out of their yard and into the busy street and the yards of their neighbors - including, somehow, our yard.
It's actually creating a problem, because now my parents have to deal with more leaves to clean up. Additionally, it might pose a problem for cars driving by: nobody wants to have to brake to avoid flying leaves! My parents and I really want to deal with the problem, and do it before we get too far into autumn.
We could do two things:
- Talk to the landscaper directly and explain, in more detail, why what he's doing is annoying. My mom already did this once (very briefly), and he did stop blowing the leaves into our yard - but only for about a week.
- Talk to the neighbors themselves. I'm reasonably certain they're not aware of what the landscaper's doing, because the landscaping often happens when the couple is out of the house.
Obviously, there could be another course of action we could take that I've forgotten. There isn't a homeowners' association we could talk to, and at any rate, we don't want to escalate this.
We're not sure what choice would be more effective at this point; we just want the landscaper to stop doing this. At the same time, we don't want to be rude to our neighbors, because they've done a lot for us in the past, and we're on good terms - and I don't think that they're responsible.
What is our best option here?
- My parents live in the northeastern United States. Right now, we're approaching peak leaf raking season. We don't use a landscaper; we rake our leaves ourselves.
- The landscapers appear to be a small company (maybe two or three people), but it looks like only one person - the one responsible for leaf-blowing - has been doing this. We don't know what his status is within the company.
A township ordinance states
No person or persons, firm or corporation shall deposit, spill, throw or dump . . . leaves, or other material . . . upon any publicly-owned property, or highway, street, road . . . or upon any public or private land . . . without the permission of the owner thereof[.]
This means that, yes, what they're doing does violate township disposal laws; we don't know what the penalty or penalties for doing so are. A related regulation covering littering mentions "lawn or garden waste" as litter.