Replacing the lawn in
your parking strip
Replacing your entire front lawn
can be both time-consuming and costly. You can, however,
start small by removing that water-guzzling grass in the
parking strip between the sidewalk and the street.
|| Not only is this
method a less time-consuming and cheaper
project, it also will allow you to experiment to see
what looks best.
Keep in mind when you select plants
that people will want to get in and out of their cars next
to the parking strip. Also check to see if there are
any regulations--particularly from your local fire
department--about the height of plants you can put in the
We have some simple suggestions for
you--plus one example of what not to do.
||Rows of ornamental grasses are a simple solution
for a parking median. In this example the
outer row is
Blue Fescue, the next
row is Society garlic and the
central line is
Red Fountain grass,
shown here trimmed back for winter height.
In this photo the Red Fountain grass
has been cut back during the winter and will regrow to a
height of 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall.
If you prefer not to have the strong scent of Society
Garlic, you can find ornamental grass substitutes at your
local nursery. Be sure to ask for low-water usage
An even simpler solution for a parking strip is
a field of yellow blooms in spring. The rest
of the year the gray-green plants dominate the area.
Once the flowers have faded, you can walk right over
this planting to get in and out of cars.
Fragrant and drought-tolerant Lavender
is beautiful, sturdy and easy to grow. While
it is a colorful and water-wise planting for a parking strip, it
does grow tall--up to 3 feet in height.
If you decide to plant it, be sure to allow for
walkways to let you or your guests get in and out of
a car parked on the street.
A mix of a flat gray-green ground cover,
Dymondia and taller plants such as
purple Sea Lavender have been
strategically planted to provide color, low water
usage and access in and out of cars parked in front
of this home.
This parking strip is also planted
with red Penstemon and Creeping Rosemary. This is a
complicated mix of plants--but done well. To see
photos of the absolutely gorgeous front yard of this home,
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Okay. Here is what not to do--even though
the intention was good. The
choice of aloes, agaves and ice plants mean no
water needed except what falls from the sky. The
larger plants, however, are simply too big. They jut out
onto the sidewalk area and into the street.
And the iceplants are too deep to step on without
snagging your shoes--especially high heels.
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-- read this for what NOT to do
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