Comment 87633

By jason (registered) | Posted April 03, 2013 at 15:58:32 in reply to Comment 87632

yes, exactly. This is why we need to learn from all of these other cities implementing green streets with native grasses and trees. Sprinklers are not needed when boxes are designed properly to allow rainwater to flow into them. Some general weeding may be necessary, but the millions of dollars saved in huge storm-water plant expansions is well worth the extra summer-time hours for student weeding. Annuals are not necessary.
When in Portland last year, most boxes I saw had native grasses or small shrubs, no annuals. In certain prominent locations flowers were used, and I would suggest we continue that practice here, but for all the new boxes we could install all over the city, let's simply go natural.

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