Aero saidSod? How suburban! Plant indigenous wild grasses and flora! Be not afraid of butterflies and songbirds! HOAs? Those actually exist in the real world, not just in Hollywood movies like Edward Scissorhands? Ha! I defiantly hang my impeccably clean and thoroughly respectable washing to dry out on the line just to give the herd of cookie-cutters something to talk about round their gaz barbecues!
I have been simply astonished at certain neighbors I have heard saying how somebody hanging out their laundry to dry on the clothesline that was in the side yard of their house was detrimental to the property values of the neighborhood and encouraged gang violence!
Across the street from the house where I am staying (sleeping on my friend's studio floor until I get a home of my own) is an old man and old woman, and they literally take turns sitting in their garage with the door up, watching the comings and goings at our house. If somebody leaves our side gate open, they will be on the phone to us "Your gate is open!" If somebody parks their car on the street next to our place to visit, they're out there watching every move, and calling on the phone "Who's car is that?". Whenever we see them sitting in their garage spying on us and we wave (to be deliberately sarcastic) they turn their heads away and ignore us, or stroll inside the house. The husband goes out every morning to sit on his driveway and smoke his cigarettes while glaring at everyone who passes by, and continually staring at our house. I've tried to pleasantly say "Hello" several times over the last two years, but when I do he actually scoffs, and turns away. I call them Mr. & Mrs. Kravitz. They have a perfectly nice, big backyard, but they never hang out there; it's always on the driveway or hiding in the shadows in the garage with the door up, looking at our house.
Those are the kind of people who LOVE Homeowners' Associations.