Turning that "hellstrip" into a piece of heaven

08/31/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

The stretch of grass between the sidewalk and street is often called the "hellstrip" by gardeners because of the mangling it can get from snowplows and fiber-optic cable installation. But there are ways to give that area a boost. Some plant flowers in the strip to complement those in the rest of their gardens; others plant trees. However, the strips are usually in the "public right of way," so there is little gardeners can do about a passersby who decides to walk through the improvements.

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