It seems not an hour goes by there isn’t another story in the news about the drought facing the state and the need to remove our lawns or let them go brown. But what about that small section of grassy area between the sidewalk and the street know as the parkway?
Though the parkway is technically city property, homeowners are responsible for parkway trees. The parkway is the unifying section between the public street and the private front garden and requires special consideration as a result. The parkways is also home to our precious neighborhood street trees that we want to make sure survive the drought.
Did you know that matching trees in a parkway increase the beauty and the value of a home? If you don’t have a set of trees – consider planting them. The trees in our back yards, on our streets, and in our parks provide a cleaner, cooler environment. They also remove carbon dioxide from the air and produce life supporting oxygen, give us shade and help clean the air by trapping dust and pollen. Trees help reduce storm water run-off and help prevent soil erosion. They also help reduce urban noise pollution by acting as sound barriers, and provide homes for birds and wildlife. What’s not to like about trees?
Here are some quick tips drawn from the Buzz Street Tree series by Devon O’Brien with Scott Goldstein and the Windsor Square Association’s Tree Information Packet, which is a thorough guide to planting, trimming, and caring for the trees in your parkway.
- Keep the ground at the base of the tree clear of weeds and other plants and cultivate the soil regularly. This allows the trees to breathe and reduce the likelihood of rot and disease.
- It’s always best to avoid underplanting around the base of the tree especially if the plants require more water than the tree, you will be creating and ideal environment for root rot as well as wasting water.
- Trees appear much more majestic in a simple base of mulch which also feeds the tree as the organic material decomposes. Remember you are trying to replicate the forest environment.
Next we’ll explore alternatives to grass in the parkway.
Larchmont Buzz: Street Trees Part 1, A Brief History
Larchmont Buzz: Street Trees Part 2,The Oaks
Larchmont Buzz: Street Trees Part 3, the Sycamore