Paghat wrote in an earlier post, <<Today the city of Seattle put out an
announcement for everyone to water their street margins' trees >>
Street margin? Is this the strip between the curb and the sidewalk? In our
locale (Pittsburgh, Pa. metropolitan area) we call this the Devil Strip. It
doesn't belong to you, but your responsible for it's upkeep and maintenance.
On 21 Aug 2003 13:46:35 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (TOM KAN PA) opined:
None of my land belongs to me. It's all on loan. Either way, I removed all the
grass from the "parkway" (what they call it in Texas) and planted it with Gaura
lindheimeriii, 3 cedar elms, Muhlinburgia lindheimerii (sp?) and D. inoxia.
No mow, no water, no nothing. They can have it whenever they want it.
Those "street margins" are a royal pain in the ass.
Hardly worth the time and effort for hauling out the mower just to cut the
I'm often tempted to pull out all the grass and replacing it with prickly
Maybe Liriope or Ophiopogon would be a better idea?
Other neighbors have just cemented it up.
We never got "street trees". All the better.
(TOM KAN PA) opined:
Cool term Devil Strip, never heard that before. Know the origin of the term?
I'm turning the street margin into elaborate sun-gardens. The city or
county could if they want tear it all out for any reason they had, so it's
always a risk, but it's perfectly legal to plant all over it. The city has
in the past even provided people with free saplings, but I wanted my own
tree choices. There's an official list of permissible trees, quite a long
list fortunately, what is missing from the list in theory is stuff that
would too easily lift sidewalks or spread wider than they get tall or drop
hideously gushy messes on the roads. The list looked random to me though.
I remember being dissapointed Perotia was not permitted.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 11:03:11 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@netscapeSPAM-ME-NOT.net
As I believe I mentioned recently, Crape Myrtle is my city's 'official
tree' and plentifully planted in street margins and dividers. Bloom is
almost over now, and 'pink snow' has stopped raining onto the lawn.
They are virtually no-maintenance in this area, the only chore being
occasional trimming of bottom 'suckers' to make them trees instead of
bushes. They are mostly 'hardy' here, and certainly 'root hardy'.
After an exceptionally hard winter, many smaller ones died back to the
ground, but put up new shoots the next spring.
Parrotia persica is on the approved list of Seattle Street Trees - an ideal
for a parking/hell strip. Slow growing to a very manageable size, no mess, no
fuss, drought and pollution tolerant and drop-dead gorgeous fall color. Don't
understand why they are not more common.
pam - gardengal
<< Subject: Re: Seattle's Street Margins
From: "Cereoid-UR12-" email@example.com >>
<< Swanson's? The one that makes the potpies without the soggy undercrust? >>
Swanson's small round one have the bottom crust, but the larger Swanson ones
don't have a bottom crust?
Why is this?
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