September 8, 2011

The Green Strip Between the Street and the Sidewalk. What's That Called?

What's that strip of land between the street and the sidewalk called? A landing strip? A green-a-way? A pain in the ass? I can't remember. The point is, even though it's city property, it is a homeowners responsibility to keep it tidy. Which means I have to schlepp the electric lawn mower to the front of the house, bring a super long extension cord out the front door, and mow it. Eff you, landing strip.
And.....
That's a whole lot better. I sought out VERY drought tolerant, low-maintenance plants that are pleasant to look at and can thrive in partial sun. Here's what made the list. Your big basic green Hosta, Bugleweed, Heuchera ('Purple Palace'), small Hosta ('Green Mouse Ears') and orange geum. 
Bugleweed is known to spread, and that's actually TOTALLY fine with me. Over the next few years, as the bugleweed expands, I'll move matured plants to make room for it. A contained space like this is the ONLY place I would ever plant something like bugleweed. What have you done with your landing strip?

21 comments:

  1. alas, i don't have a landing strip, i'm a country girl. yours looks great and i bet pretty soon all your neighbors will be tidying up theirs, too!
    thanks for the bugleweed hook-up, i've been looking for a spreader and that looks like a keeper!

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  2. I Love Google!! :-)

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071101031236AA1xEOP

    And "good job!!"

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  3. I believe it can be called a 'boulevard': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulevard#Alternative_meanings

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  4. We call it the hell strip. Or the "let your dog pee here while you put out your cigarette strip" but that may be a regional dialect thing. It looks very nice!

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  5. Hi sweetie, Your OUT LAWN looks terrific. I'll bet the tree loves it too. A word of caution on the Ajuga - keep an eye out for it on the other side of the sidewalk - AND across the street! I wouldn't put it past that wily plant to tunnel beneath the concrete... I'm just sayin'. Love, mom

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  6. this looks great. we are lucky to not have on of these but some of our neighborhood streets do, and these strips are a MAJOR point of contention-- they are public property, but there are a few crazy/non-dog-friendly grouches in our neighborhood who will yell at you if you let your dog poop in their strip. i am not afraid and yell right back, but other neighbors take the fight to our community listserve. pretty entertaining stuff :)

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  7. I don't have an area like that, but I do have a spot near the road that I have to push mow because the pine trees have grown so much that I can no longer use the rider mower..pain for sure! In town many people have done what you did, landscape with plants and flowers...it's really pretty and yours looks so nice and neat. Good Job!

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  8. Isn't is a parking strip?? Maybe that a NW term ;). Regardless, I love the little makeover!

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  9. Great idea! I don't know what it's called, but we don't have one--sidewalks are only on one side of the street (the other side, in our case) for most of our neighborhood.

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  10. We have one, too, but the neighbors are responsible for mowing about 1/5 of it. Of course, we don't don't mow at the same height, so it's now a bilevel strip. Horrible.

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  11. That looks really great... I don't have anything like that infront of my home... just a narrow sidewalk... but in front of our office we do, and my boss did something similar... but it doesn't look as nice. Great job!

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  12. Oh my, what a difference! It looks so good now. I need to get me some hostas.

    Luckily we don't have a landing strip to deal with, but we do have a corner lot with lots of lawn.

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  13. Tee hee. The last sentence made me giggle.

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  14. We call it the parkway in Dallas. The city provides free trees to plant in ours in my historic neighborhood. Yours looks great! Makes me want to eliminate our grass and do all landscaping.

    My parents have some neighbors that grow vegetables in theirs. I love driving by their house.

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  15. I guess I'm the only one who knows it's a "tree belt".

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  16. We call it the Ghetto Tree Lawn, city planted it. However someone mixed this very interesting plant seed into the mix that is a spreader, has pretty yellow flowers and the husband is nurturing this thing to take over so he doesn't have to cut it any more.

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  17. I know they can sometimes be a little over-used but any Sedum variety would look awesome there too. And they are SUPER low maintenance.

    See? this post is exactly why I love your blog so much. Clever lady, you! Smart, smart, smart!

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  18. Apologies for the incredibly tardy comment, but I thought it was called a greensward. At least that's what I've been calling it. Ours is grass, boring old grass. But as we are in a dog-friendly neighborhood I figured I'd rather have them do their business on grass than on flowers (or our actual yard) instead. Your solution is lovely, though!

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  19. In these parts, it's called a parking strip. I "ripped" mine a while back and love it (even though it was a pain in the A to do)! http://hiphousegirl.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/you-rock-my-world-you-know-you-do/

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  20. Treebelt and ours houses a bus stop where people throw their trash as they are waiting for the bus and a straggly tree where same people have been sighted peeing. Thank you 6' fence and can't wait for the cypress to fill in :D Kate

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  21. I know it's a bit late but it is called a tree belt, at least everyone I know here in Holyoke calls it that :-D The anonymous people know what's up, tree belts are fun though because you can put any old thing out there (couches, tables etc.) and someone is bound to drive by and grab it

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