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Guerrilla Street Tree Planting

Infinite patience is rewarded with infinite joy!

This works best on properties with indifferent tenants and  landlords that don’t care.

Dig up volunteer seedlings from vacant lots and plant them. A stake (salvaged pieces of pipe are nice) helps keep them from getting stepped on. 
Scrounge pieces of cast off hose from brush-and-bulky piles on the alley and hook them up to the faucets.  

Planted May 17 2011. Three little seedlings on the brutally hot west side of a three unit house.  The tenants like to sit on the steps and visit.
Someday they will be able to sit in the shade.

Four years from seedling to street tree

This tiny mesquite seedling sprouted beside an old stump in 2007. A little water  and look: Shade in 2011!


2 responses

  1. Fluffy


    May 20, 2011 at 1:19 am

  2. Very nicely done. I wish more could see the value in naturally greening desert locations with beautiful natives. When I was younger I called myself a Guerilla Habitat restorationist. This of course was back in the 1970s. In fact I’ve written about this in my blogs. On Rattlesnake Mountain in El Cajon I established a Torrey Pines tree colony along with other endangered Coastal Cholla and San Diego Coast Barrel Cactus. The result was when the conservation study was done before approval for Sky Ranch Housing Development up on that mountain, they had roped off the area I had uniquely vegetated. It was decades later so it was very natural lloking and undisturbed. In fact Coastal Cactus Wrens were present nesting there and I had never seen that before, I did see the environment sensitve area protection tape roping off the area to intrusion.

    That has been one of the koolest things I’ve ever done then or since.


    July 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

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