The careful use of landscaping along a street can provide separation
between motorists and pedestrians, reduce the visual width of the
roadway (which can help to reduce vehicle speeds), and provide a more
pleasant street environment for all. This can include a variety
of trees, bushes, and/or flowerpots, which can be planted in the buffer
area between the sidewalk or walkway and the street.
The most significant issue with any landscaping scheme is ongoing maintenance.
Some communities have managed effectively by creating homeowners associations
to pay for landscape maintenance or through the volunteer efforts of
neighbors. Others have found them to be unreliable and budget for public
maintenance instead. Consider adding irrigation systems in areas with
Choosing appropriate plants, providing adequate space for maturation, and preparing the ground can help ensure that they survive with minimal maintenance, and don’t buckle the sidewalks as they mature. The following guidelines should be considered: plants should be adapted to the local climate and fit the character of the surrounding area—they should survive without protection or intensive irrigation; and plant’s growth patterns should not obscure signs or pedestrians’ and motorists’ views of each other.