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Old 02-08-2015, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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I called that strip of grass out front in the yard between the street & the sidewalk the boulevard because that's what my dad called it. This was in small town north central Iowa.
Then years later, a college buddy & his friend, both from 70 or so miles away in west-central to northwest, Iowa laughed at me & my terminology as being incorrect. Their preferred term was the parking.
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Old 02-08-2015, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think a lot of people here are confusing two things.

In cities that have public sidewalks in residential areas, there is a grassy strip between the sidewalk and the street, that the homeowner is responsible for mowing and maintaining, but is included in the public right of way, and it can be restricted for public use. That's one thing, and I believe that is what is called a tree lawn. Often, it features a uniform row of trees which were planted by the original subdivider when platting the neighborhood, hence, "tree lawn". I grewup in houses that had tree lawns, but I do not recall any local term that distinguished that part of the property from any other.

There are also divided highways, in which lanes in one direction are separated from lanes in the other direction by an unpaved separator, which is typically covered with vegetation, mowed and maintained by the department of highways. That is something else. The street designation "boulevard" normally refers to an urban residential street that has this feature. I've lived in so many places, I can't remember all the local names for it, but I've commonly heard median, divider, neutral ground. Somewhere in my misty past, I think there was even a place where it was called a drive-way.

Both of the above features have local colloquial names.

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Old 02-08-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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I have no specific word for this.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:42 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Heck, I have one on my property and have to mow it in the summer. Never knew it was a "tree lawn". As many, I just consider it a strip of grass that's a pain to mow and keep weeded and watered. I'd like to replace it with stones. Would that make it a "rock garden?"
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Haha this is so funny because when I was in the Navy, I'd go around my ship asking everyone what a tree lawn was and nobody has ever heard the term before! I am also from Cleveland by the way...
Whose responsibility is it to maintain the "tree lawn" -- the city or the resident? Here in Savannah, they say it's the homeowner ... even when the house has no lawn and sits right on the sidewalk. Alas, many of Savannah's "tree lawns" (especially in the old historic downtown district) go wild. One solution is to just cover the strip with bricks or paving stones. Is that allowed?
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Word.

I don't remember calling it anything. If we did it was "That lil strip of grass between the curb and the sidewalk that's hard to mow."
We didn't have a name for it, either. The first time I heard someone refer to it by name, it was tree lawn. Later, I heard someone call it the Hell Strip.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Whose responsibility is it to maintain the "tree lawn" -- the city or the resident? Here in Savannah, they say it's the homeowner ... even when the house has no lawn and sits right on the sidewalk. Alas, many of Savannah's "tree lawns" (especially in the old historic downtown district) go wild. One solution is to just cover the strip with bricks or paving stones. Is that allowed?
Here the homeowner is required to maintain it, however, the city technically owns it, and often the city plants trees on it.
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