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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA


Yard IQ Test








Yard Smarts in Southern California
80 Questions That Can Change Your Self-Understanding Forever!

You can use this Yard IQ Test to discover a true understanding of how you feel about your yard, your neighbors, and yourself.

Instructions:

Check one box from each dropdown list of the 80 descriptions below, numbers correspond to:


0. Doesn't apply to me and my yard
1. Not much like me and my yard
2. A little like me and my yard
3. Somewhat like my and my yard
4. Pretty much like me and my yard
5. A whole lot like me and my yard
  • When you are done click the "submit form" button at the bottom of the page.
  • Interpret your results by comparing total scores from each category.

  • Note: You must be completely honest, patient, and a little crazy, to take this test. The results are confidential.


    0. Doesn't Apply,1. Not much like me and my yard, 2. A little like me and my yard, 3. Somewhat like me and my yard, 4. Pretty much like me and my yard, 5. A whole lot like me and my yard.


    1 Maintaining a nice yard is important to me.
    2 I can easily see what needs to be done to improve my yard.
    3 When I close my eyes my yard looks pretty good to me.
    4 I work on improving my yard at least once a week.
    5 My yard looks better than most of the other yards in my neighborhood.
    6 I have been told I have a pleasant yard.
    7 I'm the kind of person that people come to for advice on how to grow flowers and trees.
    8 I'm the last person anybody would ask for landscaping advice.
    9 My neighbors think I have something of a junkyard around my house.
    10 When I walk through the neighborhood and look at yards I am sad.
    11 Some of my neighbor's yards make me feel queasy or uneasy.
    12 The shrubs in my yard are 30+ years old, and have never been trimmed.
    13 I can't bear to remove any growing thing in my yard, not even weeds.
    14 I have a good collection of knicknacks, windmills and strange objects on stakes in my yard.

    0. Doesn't Apply,1. Not much like me and my yard, 2. A little like me and my yard, 3. Somewhat like me and my yard, 4. Pretty much like me and my yard, 5. A whole lot like me and my yard.


    15 I wish my neighbor would invite me over to work in his yard. Why, I'd even pay for a landscaper to visit him now and then.
    16 The way I can find my way home is by looking for my garbage cans on the street.
    17 I have not visited a plant nursery since I moved to my neighborhood.
    18 I'd rather stay inside and watch water drip than work in my yard.
    19 I'm too old to worry about how my yard looks.
    20 I have never asked or paid anyone for help with my yard.
    21 My yard tools are all broken.
    22 I frequently watch garden shows on television, but can't recall a thing I've ever seen.
    23 When I have a yard problem, I'm more likely to seek help from a psychiatrist.
    24 I see my yard as a massive fortress against the world.
    25 I don't want children to play in my yard because they might become disoriented or lost.
    26 I like to set up little "what if" experiments (for example "What if I water my lawn this year?")
    27 The last time I seriously thought about my yard was 1975.
    28 I'm only home at night; I've never seen my yard in daylight.
    29 I enjoy fishing, camping, sports, cooking, auto mechanics and dogs, which explains the boat, RV, Charger's banner, barbeque pit, disassembled Jeep, and dog poop in my front yard!
    30 I'd rather read seed catalogs than plant seeds.

    0. Doesn't Apply,1. Not much like me and my yard, 2. A little like me and my yard, 3. Somewhat like me and my yard, 4. Pretty much like me and my yard, 5. A whole lot like me and my yard.


    31 I have had at least three close friends in the neighborhood who worked in their yards. Sadly, all are dead.
    32 Picking up in the yard reminds me of when I was in the military.
    33 I enjoy entertaining myself by watching people's faces go white when they walk by my yard.
    34 I have heard of chemicals that might clean the oil and rust off my driveway.
    35 See that clean spot on my driveway?
    36 I have asked my children to leave their toys on permanent display in my yard.
    37 I like to spent my free time out of town, so my yard doesn't bother me.
    38 I plan to leave it all to my children, and want them to be able to fix it the way they want to.
    39 I open my front door at least twice each week, whether it needs it or not.
    40 I have never been to my neighborhood.
    41 I have never been to the ocean.
    42 I'll cut back the vines and juniper when I get around to painting my doors and windowframes.
    43 Sometimes people ask me to explain the symbolism in my topiary.
    44 I started to redo my yard when Ronald Reagan was President, and I plan to finish it when one of his sons is elected President.
    45 I frequently use hand gestures or other forms of body language when describing my neighbor's landscaping efforts.

    0. Doesn't Apply,1. Not much like me and my yard, 2. A little like me and my yard, 3. Somewhat like me and my yard, 4. Pretty much like me and my yard, 5. A whole lot like me and my yard.


    46 I keep giving other people starts of plants from my yard. That's why it's so bare.
    47 I enjoy the challenge of making my yard the most unusual one in North San Diego County.
    48 I love to keep track of the way the seasons change by observing the way the decorations change in my neighbor's yards.
    49 I love botany, and my specialty is non-traditional plants (weeds).
    50 I truly believe that there is a rational explanation for the way my yard looks.
    51 I check the weather reports every day to see if I should cover my plants.
    52 In order to provide an unobstructed view of my yard, I usually park my car in front of my neighbor's house.
    53 I have a son who visits almost every year, and he takes care of my yardwork.
    54 My lawnmower is out of order.
    55 I consider myself a master at hiding the flaws in my yard.
    56 I would prefer to spend an hour alone meditating in my yard, than a week at a fancy resort with lots of interesting people around.
    57 I have always enjoyed categorizing or classifying the types of yards in the neighborhood.
    58 When I drive through other neighborhoods, I am proud that my own neighborhood looks so much better.
    59 I like to think about my yard in abstract, wordless, imageless ways.

    0. Doesn't Apply,1. Not much like me and my yard, 2. A little like me and my yard, 3. Somewhat like me and my yard, 4. Pretty much like me and my yard, 5. A whole lot like me and my yard.


    60 I always considered yardwork to be easier than mathematics when I was in school.
    61 I always considered mathematics to be easier than yardwork when I was in school.
    62 I get tired just thinking about my yard so much.
    63 I feel comfortable thinking about my yard, when I am indoors.
    64 I want my yard to reflect my personality.
    65 I rely on the gophers to keep my yard foliage under control.
    66 I like to take tests about yardwork.
    67 The more I think about nature, the more invigorated and energetic I become. But I do not consider my yard to be part of nature.
    68 I can imagine how my yard might appear if it were looked down upon from directly above in a bird's-eye view.
    69 I don't like to disturb my yard because it disturbs the wildlife.
    70 When the conversation turns to yardwork, I turn in.
    71 When I moved in, I made a deal with the kid next door to take care of my yard. But he went off to college six years ago...
    72 I keep a personal diary or journal to record my milestones in yardcare.
    73 My yard has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens--as the "before" picture.
    74 I don't change my yard until my neighbors complain to the Homeowners Association.

    0. Doesn't Apply,1. Not much like me and my yard, 2. A little like me and my yard, 3. Somewhat like me and my yard, 4. Pretty much like me and my yard, 5. A whole lot like me and my yard.


    75 Gardening books are mysteries to me.
    76 I am allergic to dirt.
    77 I like to sing while I work in my yard, and my neighbors volunteered to keep my yard up.
    78 I moved here from the Great Frozen Wastelands, and the only yard work I know how to do is shovel snow.
    79 I would rather talk than work.
    80 I work as a landscaper, and don't like to bring work home with me.

    If you receive an error message, simply click "Yes" to continue.
    On the following screen, ignore all preliminary verbage.
    With apologies to the Multiple Intelligence Inventory folks.