Gardening where the sidewalk ends

The Nitty Gritty from the City August 13, 2008

OK, say you have a barren parking strip that you want to transform. What do you need to know from your city (town, county, burg) before you get started?

In Seattle, the parking strip is owned by the property owner with an easement for use from the city. The following information applies to the city of Seattle – please contact your local municipality if you live elsewhere.

Before you dig, know what’s under the ground. The last thing you want to do is hit a water main! The City of Seattle will come out and mark power, water, and sewer lines for you if you call 1-800-424-5555 to request this service.

Do you want to plant a tree? There are a few restrictions, but check with the city arborist for a free permit and some advice. Neighbors can also band together and request free trees from the city of Seattle, although choices are somewhat limited.

The city has a list of recommended plants for parking strips (they call it a planting strip) here, but you are certainly not limited to these. Let your imagination run wild and use the street as your canvas!

More of kid's garden


3 Responses to “The Nitty Gritty from the City”

  1. jean Says:

    Thank for stopping by my blog. You have a great idea here and I look forward to seeing more. Are you including traffic circles in your explorations?

  2. It’s a great idea to turn a strip that is usually a barren monoculture into a colourful garden for the enjoyment of all.
    Are there any other gardeners on your street livening up their parking strips?

  3. greenwalks Says:

    Next post should be about other veggie patches in the ‘hood. Going to stick to parking strips for the moment, but traffic circles are fun too! Thanks for stopping by. – Karen

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