I need a stay-off sign for my yard!

Last night I attended my monthly Lioness meeting for my local club.  I told the ladies that anyone was welcome to come and grab some rhubarb from my yard since the stuff is growing like weeds and there is no way we’ll be able to use it all.  Somehow the conversation ended up on the topic of my yard being used as a walking highway to our local gas station/convenience store.

You see, the gas station butts right up to the back of our property.  We have a very large yard, but apparently the local residents feel that it is much easier, and shorter, to walk directly through our yard instead of just going around the block.  We have lived in this house for over two years, and admittedly the traffic has died down a little since we moved in (previously the house was vacant for a couple of years), but there are still several neighborhood residents who feel as if it is their local expressway to the convenience store.

In the winter you can really tell because there is a path carved through the snow where you can see all the foot traffic.  I live in WI here people, so I’m talking deep snow, with a very well worn path.  At first it bothered me because I have small children and I don’t really want some random people walking through my yard at all hours of the day/night.  Then after a while I just forgot about it and let it go.  Plus I live in a small town so I didn’t think too much about it at the time.

Last night, however, the ladies at the Lioness meeting brought it up again and mentioned how it is unacceptable for people to be doing that.  I am starting to think about this a little more and I agree.  For one, what if I just want to leave a few things out in the yard like toys, camping gear, fire-pits, etc.  Do I worry that someone passing through might want it for themselves?  What about litter? This hasn’t really been a problem so far, but what if people decide they just want to start throwing their trash in my yard?  And then there are my kids.  As they start to get older I may let them play outside more often without supervision.  Right now I am outside anytime they are, but that is not always going to be the case as I start letting them have a little more freedom here and there.

So I thought as a starting point maybe a sign would help (since we can’t afford a fence right now).  I found this one and think it might do.  I chose bilingual as we have a large Hispanic population in our town.  What do you think?

If you are looking for signs for yourself, or for your business, I found this at safetysigns.com  In addition to the lawn signs I found, they have all of these available:

Traffic Signs

Street Signs

Road Signs


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10 thoughts on “I need a stay-off sign for my yard!

  • May 8, 2012 at 9:25 am
    I cannot believe people would do that. I never cut through a yard of someone's house whom I didn't personally know. And even then I always knew who is okay with that and who's not! Traffic through the yard can actually eventually cause "bald" spots. You go ahead and put your sign up. But it will likely get ignored by many. Definitely look into a fence! Reply
  • May 8, 2012 at 9:40 am
    We have an issue with our mail carrier cutting across lawns rather than using the sidewalk - very obvious in winter. We also find other strange tracks coming thru our backyard in winter but don't know who cuts thru. In the summer I get lots of old ladies who come get our rhubarb too (which I'm fine with). Our house isn't near anywhere that warrants cutting thru so it's weird. Reply
  • May 8, 2012 at 10:07 am
    How frustrating!! Our yard has become the stray dog potty place along with the "dump your extra trash here". :/ Reply
  • May 8, 2012 at 11:13 am
    That is just crazy! Lucky I live in a very small town and they are scared of big guns:) Reply
  • May 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    What is it with people and understanding boundaries? I came home a couple weeks ago to find a neighbor using my patio furniture as a table for their power tool project. Reply
  • May 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm
    I am always telling my oldest not to do this! Ugh frustrates me! Reply
  • May 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    A lot of people do that here too. Instead of walking to the sidewalk, they walk through our backyard. It's rude. I would definitely get a sign; although they may not obey it. :( Reply
    • May 9, 2012 at 9:05 am
      Thanks, the traffic isn't as bad as it used to be, but I would still like it if no one cut through our yard. :-) Reply
  • May 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    That would drive me crazy! At our previous house, we had a long driveway (we lived in a culdasac) and kids would play in our driveway. Which, of course, is totally unsafe! Oh, and then there was the kid that got on our roof! The second time I contacted his Mom about it since he was not listening to my husband and I. Reply

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