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One of the toughest places to grow plants is the parking strip.  This no-man’s land between the street and sidewalk is hard to water, maintain and is pretty much neglected by most home-owners. The fall back planting for this area is a lawn. Of course that means lots of watering and fertilizer to try to keep it looking good, and some of it actually makes it on the grass.

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Most of the time the sidewalk is getting more water than the lawn, but there are other options. You can plant a ‘water friendly’ landscape. We visited one that you may have heard of. Kym Pokorny, garden writer for the Oregonian’s Home and Garden section decided to redo her parking strip a couple of years ago and has been keeping her readers up to date on the progress ever since.

First, before we saw Kym’s project, we visited with Lindsey from the Regional Water Providers Consortium to learn about water usage on this small strip of green. Lindsey told us how the average homeowner can be wasting gallons of water by trying to keep these small areas of lawn green. She recommended that people check out alternatives like Kym has done.

We then caught up with Kym and checked out her little parking strip where she has used numerous plants to create a beautiful and unique planting area. She told us how surprised she was at the hardiness and versatility of the plants that were available for planting. Once she planted the area she had to water for one season until the plants became established, then it was just spot watering during a couple of the hottest days of the year.

For a list of her plants and one of her blog entries about the parking strip Read her Blog.

For more tips on saving water in your landscape or inside your home you can always check the Regional Water Providers Consortium website Phone: 503-823-7528.

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