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A suggestion for the New Year: Replace Your Parkway!

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Parkway-grass
Parkway with grass – water consumer

Since 2014 is upon us, I thought I might offer a suggestion for the New Year that could save you money, improve your property’s “curb appeal” and help bend the curve of Southern California’s water usage downwards by just a tad, and given our ever vanishing water supply … every tad does count!

It involves taking a look at one of the most obvious but most overlooked pieces of property on every block—that strip of land that lies between the street and the walkway, known as the “Parkway.”

The parkway and walkway together make up the sidewalk, which is part of the public right-of-way. But that doesn’t mean it’s the city’s responsibility for it’s maintenance. The adjacent property owner is responsible for maintaining all of the parkway except the street trees, which are maintained by the city: responsible (we hope) for their planting, trimming and removal.

WHY ARE PARKWAYS IMPORTANT?

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Parkway with succulents – water conserver

Parkways are important to individual property owner and the city as a whole for the following reasons:

  • Parkways enhance the visual quality of the city.
  • Parkways improve the curb appeal of your home, potentially increasing its value.
  • Parkways provide soil volume that street trees need to grow into healthy, mature trees that provide shade, consume carbon and provide other environmental and health benefits
  • Parkways help collect storm water and irrigation runoff and return it to the groundwater table.
  • Parkways provide a buffer between pedestrians on the walkway and cars in the street

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The Value of Your Front Lawn

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Along with April showers comes National Landscape Architecture MonthEarth Day – celebrated on April 22 and on April 26, the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture and the designer ofNew York’s Central ParkBrooklyn’s Prospect Park, thegrounds of the U.S. Capitol and many other extraordinary gardens and parks though out our country. So, I thought April would be the perfect month to consider “The Value of Your Front Yard“.

I wrote about the added value of landscaping to real estate in last September’s Eva’s Notes & News, “Does Landscaping Add Value To Your Home. However, it’s worth repeating that,

“Your front yard is the face of your property. Not only does it greet you every day, it’s the first thing potential buyers see should you ever decided to put your home on the market. Therefore, ‘curb appeal,‘ isn’t just a real estate catch phrase, it’s a reality. According any number of studies, a well landscape property can increase it’s sale price from 7% – 15%.”

On the website, About.com LandscapingDavid Beaulieu, its author, makes a very important point when considering doing any kind of substantial work on your landscape:

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