Dear Annie: I own property out of state. I use it mostly in the summer, but it’s checked on at least once a month. My neighbor there is married to a woman who is no longer friends with me, but we are civil to each other. The problem is, the wife thinks she’s entitled to dig up and take or remove any of my plants, shrubs, gravel, etc. Every season, I check the garden to make sure nothing else is missing.
I took great pride in my garden of perennials and enjoyed the fruits of my hard work. Last fall, I noticed the daylilies were pulled right out of the ground. She also dug up a hosta that had been in that spot for years – and looked great. She obviously does her dirty work when her husband isn’t home. She simply helps herself to my garden.
I went to the police, and they suggested I discuss this with the neighbor. The officer said if the police dropped by, it would be considered a threat, and besides, the husband may not know anything.
This has been going on for years. Every season gets more frustrating. I bought an outside camera (not installed) and left her a note saying I had contacted the police, but it hasn’t made any difference. She ignores all the “Keep Out” and “No Trespassing” signs. Any suggestions? – At the End of My Rope
Dear End: Are you sure the wife is doing this? Could it be local animals or some other culprit? We strongly recommend you install that camera and find out what’s going on. If you get proof, talk to the husband and ask him to discuss it with his wife. You also can take it to the police. This is trespassing and theft, and it’s against the law.