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If you have a little extra space in your yard, plant some native plants.
Then, as they spread, make them available to neighbors for terrace or other improvement projects.
You can establish a native-plant nursery in the greenway or park behind your house--such as in this greenway just W of Westmorland Park.
Shade plants that are low-maintance, and spread
- Ostrich fern-native tall
- Celandine poppy-native medium height
- Sweet woodruff-non-native very low
- Foam flower-native low
- Wild ginger-native very low
- Snakeroot-native tall
For example, ferns and sweet woodruff (white flower) make a dynamite combination!
- Day Lily (there are some dwarf varieties for sidewalk edges)
An inexpensive way to obtain plants in spring is to search on Craigslist. Put the search term "plants" into the box, under the "for sale, farm & garden" categories. Sometimes there are free plant exchanges. If you don't have a plant to exchange, you can contribute snacks instead.