Neighbour wars are real with 44 per cent jealous of next door's flower beds & hot tubs are the top envy-inducing feature
YOU'RE not the only one on your street that is jealous of your neighbours.
Trying to keep up with the Joneses' is a full time job when it comes to gardening.
The friendly neighbour banter is usually focused on our green spaces.
38 per cent of Brits have admitted that the grass really does look greener on the other side.
In a poll of 2,000 UK homeowners revealed that 44 per cent feel competitive when they see next door's flower beds, wanting to one up them.
While a cheeky 40 per cent have gone as far as speaking directly with their neighbours to make the rivalry official.
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Hot tubs, summer houses and pizza ovens top the list of the things that will be sure to make neighbours greener than your lawn with envy.
Secretly, 20 per cent think their neighbour’s garden makes the rest of the street look worse.
A spokesperson for fencing company DuraPost, which commissioned the survey, said: "Neighbour rivalry is no joke – we can’t help but compare what we’ve got with others and take it upon ourselves to go one better.
“Whether it’s just a bit of fun or deadly serious, these results show it’s a real thing and it’s been really interesting to see people’s responses to it.”
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Even those that are friendly with their neighbours admit that they've previously had a garden related feud.
Even though 60 per cent claim friendly banter is all said in jest – they are secretly competitive over whose garden outshines the rest.
The study, conducted via OnePoll, found that three in 10 think others on their street should take more care over how their garden looks.
But 48 per cent admit to being envious of next door's green pastures, even using it as motivation to improve their own.
As many as four in 10 tend to their shrubs weekly to become the talk of the town, while 44 per cent are always on the lookout for outdoor décor inspiration.
A whopping 75 per cent would like to change something about their garden to make it more visually pleasing with flower beds (40 per cent), lawns (39 per cent) and fencing (35 per cent) the top priorities.
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The DuraPost spokesperson added: “Now the weather is changing, people are keen to get their gardens looking summer ready.
“Living in the UK, we only get to spend a short amount of time outdoors, so making sure our own green sanctuaries look their best is so important.”
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