My subdivision has a homeowners’ association (HOA) that dictates mailbox placement, size, and look. All the mailboxes are on wrought iron posts with a home address placard hanging from a bar above the box. It’s an attractive look to have uniform mailboxes throughout the neighborhood.
The major problem with the mailbox is that it gets covered with bird poop. The bar with the address numbers makes a perfect roosting spot for birds when they’re ready to unload. Consequently, the mailbox gets covered, no matter how often we hose it off. Bird poop left on a metal mailbox is corrosive.
Yesterday, I had an occasion to drive through Belle Meade, a city within the city of Nashville. Belle Meade oozes wealth with it’s mansions, 2 and 3 acre lots, and lawns cared for by gardeners. Residents inclued Vince Gill and Amy Grant, and the Gores.
And guess what? No bird poop on mailboxes. Not even with the ones that have street numbers on a bar above the box. What’s up with that? Do birds defer to the famous and well-to-do? Do the people who live in Belle Meade have staff to clean mailboxes every day?
I would analyze the situation but someone at my house has to hose off the mailbox.