A few years ago, in a fit of gardening rage, I massacred my grassy boulevard. In my defense, it was a pitiful sight, unless you happen to like weeds.Within a few hours of digging, ripping and sweeping, I was left with a strip of dirt. To me, it was already an improvement.
Then, reality set in and I realized, quickly, that my neighbours might not share my sentiment about a long stretch of dirt being an improvement on the street. Oops. So I called on a friend who is a Landscape Architect and he arrived on scene with a variety of plants, a few pieces of flagstone and a plan. The garden was planted, mulch was added and voila – I had a boulevard that I looked forward to seeing at the end of the day.
That was a couple of years ago, and my curb garden has filled in beautifully. What was once a weedy eyesore is now a pretty garden that adds curb appeal to my home. But there are better ways to tackle a project like this.
Did you know that the City of Guelph offers complimentary landscape assessments? Yep. If you are a resident of Guelph, you can request an assessment and an expert will walk around your property and answer your questions about things such as height restrictions, drought tolerant plants, naturalization and lawn preventive care. The assessments last roughly half an hour and this is a free service. I think it’s a great program.
For more information and to sign up for an assessment, visit the City of Guelph’s Landscape Assessment Program page. They also offer a list of answers to frequently asked questions.