San Francisco is a challenging place for street trees and sidewalk gardens because of our sandy or clay-like soils, strong salty winds, rainless summers, and many dogs. Even so, we have many mature and beautiful street trees and sidewalk gardens to learn from. We recommend:
- Regular watering helps plants and young trees (even drought-tolerant species) develop strong root systems and survive pests and disease.
- Pay attention to how your plants and trees change with the seasons, and add maintenance as needed (weeding in the winter, extra watering in the summer). Become familiar with common weeds and pests and non-toxic treatments. Street trees are maintained by the City, but if you have a tree on your property, hire a certified arborist to prune every few years.
- Garden together — it’s more fun (and less work). Share the load with family, friends and neighbors and make it a (socially distant) party.
- Make it yours by adding unique features (art, planters) to your garden or tree. “No-dog” signs can deter dog owners.