Thursday, March 13, 2014

Guerrilla Gardening

Some time ago, the city replaced a section of sidewalk around the corner from our house that had been raised by a tree.  When they did that, they removed a bunch of pavers that were in the planter between the sidewalk and street.  I assumed they were going to plant something there, but time passed and nothing happened but weeds.

I decided I would do a little guerrilla gardening and spruce up the area.  There were sprinklers installed, so I figured things would grow.  I started by applying a liberal dose of herbicide to all the weeds.  Here's what it looked like a couple weeks later:

I then cleared all the dead weeds, rocks and random trash and spaded the soil to soften things up.  I cleverly chose to do this on the hottest day of the year.

I found a cable box!  I smoothed things down and spread grass seed.

And it started to grow!  As you can imagine, I was very pleased by how many idiots walked and rode on the soft soil.

And it grew some more.

And here's what it looks like now.  I just sprayed the weeds you can see, so they should be dead soon.
The gardeners who tend that area have even started mowing it.  Great success!

I encourage all of my readers to not only beautify your own homes, but also your community.  You will be glad you did.  And you might even find a cable box.

1 comment:

  1. I actually do quite the opposite... I enjoy stealing from the community to beautify my home. Since I enjoy succulents so, I've taken to swiping a clipping or two from public planters during lunch hour. I now have a window sill full of clippings that are feverishly attempting to sprout roots. And when they do, I'll split them and start over until I have a whole garden of succulents. Yay me!