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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 22, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9364533

Minnesota adopted her program.
Their approach, spray all roadsides with 2-4D. Mow ditches to make them look like hayfields. Then the big one, NO ROADSIDE signs. So the little people can not advertise a rummage sale or a roadside stand, etc. Sucks!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 22, 2012
11:07 AM

Post #9364739

I hear you, Bernie. It's odd that each state has a different vision of the same Federal program. I also think some of the LBJ era billboard regs have expired or been changed. Here in Texas the roadsides are cluttered with trashy local advertising, not yard sales or Farmer's Markets but used car lots and huge pawn shops. Not lovely. Thanks for your comment.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 22, 2012
11:22 AM

Post #9364756

I saw some of them in fall of 2011. We traveled from Kentucky over to Branson, MO.
Not in good taste.
Here it's giant billboards for all kinds of things. Big corporations own most of them. They are nicely done & most of them lite. I'm not sure how they are able to put them up when the state says all signs are illegal. Must be a money thing!

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 22, 2012
11:29 AM

Post #9364763

I heard something about the LBJ beautification laws expiring, but I don't really know. I can say that D/FW area needs a Lady Bird Johnson to beautify it now! Have a good holiday!
jazzy1okc
Oklahoma City, OK

December 24, 2012
3:47 AM

Post #9365830

There is an initial cost to beautification, and some dedication, even when wildflowers are involved. I remember when several varieties of native wildflowers (Indian paintbrush, Indian Blanket, Cowboy Roses, etc.) bloomed every spring beside the freeway from NW OKC to SW OKC. It took a little money and preparation to get them started. Then it took a little care and careful planning to keep them growing. The last year I last remember seeing them was the second year in a row that mowing crews mowed the grasses before the wildflowers had set seed. They may have mowed because of fire danger, too. But I do miss them!
Annepaola
Manahawkin, NJ
(Zone 7a)

December 24, 2012
4:50 AM

Post #9365872

A wonderful and interesting article. So sorry we missed the wildflower center when we toured Texas years ago. We stayed in Austin so no excuse.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 24, 2012
6:16 AM

Post #9365923

Thank you both for your comments. Jazzy, you're right, and did someone decide not to let them set seed, or did someone overlook the long term ramifications of mowing just then? Annepaola, same thing here. I had no excuse except ignorance. Merry Christmas!

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