I really enjoy the path I walk. Though the hill is tough, the view at the top is so worth it. The only problem with that path is the stinky mulch and mothballs.
Someone must have come up with the idea that if the dye mulch pitch black and make it reek like stinky socks, rotten eggs, a compost bin, and a manure pile, that people would buy it. And they were right. You can smell it three houses before you reach it, and it follows you after. Crossing to the other side of the street doesn’t help. And if it’s fresh, it’s a strong enough stench to make you gag. I have not figured out why Knoxville-ans like it so much. Regular mulch is pretty. And it smells better too!
Others decide to use mothballs in their yard to keep unwanted pests out. However, I was reading up on that practice, and apparently it doesn’t work as well as it is supposed to; they are also hazardous to certain animals and plants. And the smell it emits doesn’t give you warning. You don’t smell it until you’re right on top of them, and it suddenly assaults your nose with its pungency.
I would like to ask all the people who live along my walking path to put pleasant-smelling things in their yards. Like tulips, roses, jasmine and honeysuckle. They could even place fresh-baked cakes and cookies out on their front porches and let the aromas permeate their yards. Or put yummy-scented candles out. It would just be much more pleasant smelling for my walk if the would consider it. And I would so greatly appreciate it!