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Sydney community group discusses suburban lawn etiquette

A photo of a freshly-cut suburban lawn has sparked fierce debate over whether Australians should mow entire nature strips they share with neighbours – or just their own. 

The photo shared to a Facebook community group based in northern Sydney showed grass beside a footpath that stretched across the front of two properties.

While the lawn was well maintained on one side, the lawnmower came to a stop for the final metre of grass that was on the neighbour’s property. 

‘Seems these two neighbours in Chatswood clearly don’t get on,’ the caption on the post read.

Some locals branded the neighbour ‘petty’ and the apparent dispute between the homeowners as ‘ridiculous’.

Should you mow the last metre of grass on your neighbour’s property

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‘Why wouldn’t the person just go to the end? Visually it would actually look better,’ one said.

Others said the matter wasn’t so straight forward and the other party could be to blame. 

‘We used to have to do this as our old neighbours didn’t like us touching “his lawn” even though it was less than 30cm,’ said a local.

Another said: ‘They would be employing a gardener, doubt the homeowner would be doing that.’ 

According to the Willoughby Council’s website the ‘petty’ neighbour may have technically been in the right. 

‘All residents are responsible for caring for the nature strip that fronts or adjoins onto the property in which they reside,’ it said.  

The debate was brought up by Bed Fordham, who asked his 2GB audience what the ‘rule’ was with cutting your neighbour’s lawn.

‘I thought cutting another bloke’s grass was off limits,’ he joked.  

The owner of the well-mowed property eventually chimed to reveal there was no bad blood between them and their neighbour. 

‘Relax people, we like our neighbours and promise in future we will get our gardeners to co-ordinate better,’ they said.   

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