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Curbside plantings are a gift to the neighborhood

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum photo.Curbside patches can be tastefully planted to offer beauty to the entire neighborhood.

LINCOLN, Neb. – What’s the biggest landscape challenge on your property? For many homeowners, it’s a curbside strip of soil surrounded by hardscape or buildings – difficult to mow, almost impossible to water without runoff, possibly shaded for part of the day and exposed to harsh sunlight other times. Often it has to withstand foot traffic, pet refuse and sand or salt from winter snow removal.

It also needs to be accessible for water and sewer line maintenance and meet city street codes, which vary by community (in Lincoln, curbside plants need to be less than 30 inches above the curb and not extend over curbs or sidewalks).

With all those constraints and demands, it can take some time and care to turn that eyesore into a thing of beauty, but it’s well worth the initial effort. With good planning, it can require less maintenance in the future and be a gift both to yourself and to neighbors and passersby.

If the soil is heavy clay, you may want to rejuvenate it with topsoil or compost. This can be difficult in a large area, but another option is to begin the process with “pocket plantings” and simply place a spadeful or two of rich soil with each new plant.

LINCOLN, Neb. – What’s the biggest landscape challenge on your property? For many homeowners, it’s a curbside strip of soil surrounded by hardscape or buildings – difficult to mow, almost impossible to water without runoff, possibly shaded for part of the day and exposed to harsh sunlight other times. Often it has to withstand foot traffic, pet refuse and sand or salt from winter snow removal.

It also needs to be accessible for water and sewer line maintenance and meet city street codes, which vary by community (in Lincoln, curbside plants need to be less than 30 inches above the curb and not extend over curbs or sidewalks).

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With all those constraints and demands, it can take some time and care to turn that eyesore into a thing of beauty, but it’s well worth the initial effort. With good planning, it can require less maintenance in the future and be a gift both to yourself and to neighbors and passersby.

If the soil is heavy clay, you may want to rejuvenate it with topsoil or compost. This can be difficult in a large area, but another option is to begin the process with “pocket plantings” and simply place a spadeful or two of rich soil with each new plant.