One renter lost more than money after their landlord’s handyman made a costly error.
In the subreddit r/NoLawns, a Redditor detailed how the handyman was at the property to work on another project and “helpfully” removed all of their garden’s native plants after thinking they were weeds, distressingly leading to the disappearance of pollinators from their yard.
“The landlord already knew I was planting a pollinator garden,” they wrote, adding that they were only offered $25 off their rent to mitigate the issue.
“I replied that wouldn’t even cover the cost of the seeds to replace what was pulled, let alone the time and money spent on plants, or the lost time of those plants establishing. Not to mention the pollinators that were killed,” they said. “… How can I better make my case that $25 isn’t adequate?”
“Have had this happen to me at a previous rental, and it sucks,” one Redditor offered. “… It’s more than a monetary loss. Sorry it happened to you, OP.”
“Probably the best you can do is show him how much you paid for the seed/plants. The loss of the overwintering pollinators can’t be reimbursed,” another suggested.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “About 35 percent of the world’s food crops” need pollinators — which include bees, butterflies, and birds — and habitat loss is a factor that has caused their numbers to decline.
While this appears to simply be a case of mistaken identity, it didn’t lessen the heartbreak or frustration.
“Your landscaper probably didn’t know, so a miscommunication or lack of communication between your landlord and the landscaper seems to be the cause of the problem,” one Redditor said.
“I’m sorry this happened to you. Hopefully some of your plants dropped seeds and will come back in spring stronger than ever,” wrote another.
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