Look it’s a Hell Strip!

oak tree-exIsn’t it delicious? I never knew the correct term for that little strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street, I just knew that our city won’t allow us to trim the tree there. Although that tree is so huge, its limbs are reaching toward our house over the front lawn showering our front lawn with detritus, we still cannot legally trim it back.

However, the “strip of grass” (which is actually weeds) is our responsibility to keep up. NOT FAIR I SAY!

exclamation point-redAt any rate, when I went to find the correct term for that strip of grass, much to my surprise and amusement, I find that it has a ton of names.



vergeYou may call it a: verge, road verge,  besidewalk, boulevard, city grass, devil strip, government grass, hellstrip, island strip, nature strip, neutral ground, out lawn, parking strip, parkway, planting strip, road reserve, sidewalk buffer, tree belt, tree lawn, utility strip, and yard sample.

verge2It is defined as “a narrow strip of grass or plants, and sometimes also trees, located between the carriageway (roadway) curb (or road surface edge or shoulder) and the boundary of a road”, according to Wikipedia.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_verge


5 thoughts on “Look it’s a Hell Strip!

  1. I’ve never heard these terms before. We call it the boulevard. I don’t know about where you live, but here the city owns the first couple of feet of your front lawn, too (not sure just how much). Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.


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