Need Help: What to plant near the street?

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    jonereb

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    I have a corner lot. Since the streets in my neighborhood don't have curbs, drivers occasionally cut the corner of my lot -- probably out joy riding, someone who has no concern for other people's property. When I say they cut my corner, I mean they drive their entire vehicle into my lawn -- all 4 tires -- leaving ruts and ugly streaks thru the grass. So I want to plant something in this area to act as a deterrence. I have already called the people who will mark underground utilities: water, gas, sewer, etc. so I don't interfere with these pipes.

    My initial thought was to plant a few trees -- maybe a red and yellow maple. But maybe I should consider plants that don't have huge root systems -- bushes, pampas grass, etc. I don't want to create a mulched flower bed, per se because I don't want to spend a lot of time maintaining it during the hot summer. Currently, there is a 22 year old oak in the vicinity -- about 25 feet tall, but it's not close enough to the corner of the two streets to prevent such shenanigans. What would you do?

    BTW, I'm in the Memphis, TN area of the southeastern USA. It gets very hot and dry here in the summer. Watering these new plants will be an issue because of the distance from my house to the corner.
     
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    It would be cheaper to plant a good sized reinforced concrete barrier and plant flowers around it than it would be to plant a tree big enough to do anything.
     
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    I am considering large landscaping stones as part of the solution. My wife favors a raised area using landscaping bricks with various plants in the bed.
     
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    Bricks scatter when hit. Boulders don't. Boulders are cheaper. Boulders are natural and bricks are always fake. Isn't the object to stop cars from running over your property?
     
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    Exactly. My wife will not be the one maintaining whatever we decide to do. That burden will fall on me. I want easy -- maintenance free. But it must be appealing to the eye.
     
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    Then how about a southwestern motif. Big rocks and a cactus garden. No watering or fertilizing. Maybe even a cow skull or two
     
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    Okay, but only if I can use the skull of the person who drove thru my yard. (jk) Actually, my backyard is more wooded -- a park-like setting. I'm afraid the western motif would clash. But I do like the boulders idea.
     
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    How about yellow green striped bamboos?;)

    I tried to grow some but was not able to germinate them from seeds.:oops:

    Will try to get some root cuttings this time!

    They grow fast may be invasive. You may need chain saw to control it.:p

    Is anyone growing bamboos as screen?

    It's really annoying if you get a corner house, my place I have 6 feet pillar gate, I have to repair it when some bump into the gate and crack the concrete at the gate hings :mad:
     
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    Right at the front

    Nerine Bowdenii,
    osteospermum, white, violet, yellow.
    cistus, (this one sadly though ever green, flowering period is short)
    gaura which will flowers for months,
    dahlia collarette - those no need to stake.
    penstemons - mother of pearls or sour grapes flower well into November or even December
    Some dwarf nicotianas
    heucheras most reliable and can be left to their own device.
    alstroemerias
    sedum for the bees

    All very low maintenance and mostly drought and heat resistant.
     
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    how about, after the boulders are in place , a lacy short Japanese maple to drape over the stones, not sure if they can handle your zone or not. Some plants really like the winter sleep also. But lots of good ideas above.
     
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    If it gets very hot and dry in summer, Japanese maple which you probably refer to Acer might not be suitable as it suffers from leaf scorch if leaves exposed to hot and dry weather. However, I do see success if the root area is shaded. I have seen a dwarf wall of 2 feet protecting the root against hot setting sun and the leaves still look marvellous.

    Acer palmatum dissectum is very pretty indeed! A must for all gardens.
     
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    "drape over the stones" sound like a good idea,
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    those crazy driver wouldn't know what hit them.
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    Raj Lol!
     
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    After thinking about it, your only hope, is step one getting boulders positioned on that curve. Any plant you plant without boulders would be run over, young trees etc. So finding and having boulders delivered is the best idea. Be creative, maybe there could be some color contrast of boulders and interesting shapes/sizes you can find in a couple quarries. Then, step two, to figure out what can grow, climb a little on the boulders that would survive. Or maybe you'll find you like it just like that. Now, I am imagining the screeching tire noises and cars hitting noises you might hear.
     
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    I'm thinking boulders and dogwoods. The Japanese maple idea could work too.
     
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    I vote for one LARGE boulder for starters. If that works then I would think about landscaping and decorative fencing.
     
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    Hi,

    I too would favour the boulder approach with perhaps;

    http://sigmasecuritydevices.com/vehicle-arresting/stinger-spike-system.html

    One of these planted beneath the surface would make an excellent deterrent? I can't stand anyone who has total disregard for other peoples feelings/property; a small warning sign stating private property protected by tyre stinger could be read after all four tyres were punctured by these unsociable low life I bet they wouldn't be back for an action replay?

    Years ago I gave away large heavy tree trunk sections to a friend who was suffering this exact problem and he placed them on his boundary; I think he painted them white?

    Kind regards. Colin.
     
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    On occasion we have mail box damages in our little circle of houses. it is certainly an intended type of damage, not a accident car runs in to type. the last time, I dug a huge hole, got a very thick pressure treated pole, piled cement in the hole, then the pole. then attached "a rubber maid " mail box. so if they wack the box, it will spring back. but if they it the pole, major damage will be done to them, or an object they are using. Knowing the immediate neighborhood, it is outside neighborhoods that do that damage.
     
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    Several years ago a coworker was having trouble with vandals hitting his mailbox on a regular basis. He bought a large piece of cast iron water main pipe and 2 sections of railroad track. He installed the pipe to use as the mailbox post by burying it 4 feet into the ground. He put the railroad tracks inside and filled it with cement. It was very effective. It killed the first kid that ran into it. :(
     
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    I actually used a homemade version of this years ago. Someone ran over my "board full of nails" during the night. I had no further trouble for a while. But alas, the struggle did not end. My wife and others feared I might be in legal jeopardy if someone got hurt. So I abandoned the idea.
     
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