Shade Parade Nashville is for well designed sidewalks - preferably shade covered sidewalks. As summer approaches, one is reminded how hot it gets in Nashville.
Nashvillians know there are many barriers to walkability and heat is just one of them.
It is certainly not desirable to arrive on foot at your destination drenched with sweat. So, if you are one of the lucky few with a sidewalk in front of your home or place of work - please consider planting trees to shade it.
Spring is the time to plant trees. Remember, since Nashville has only a shallow layer of top soil - we do not, for the most part, have buried power lines (a visual shame). Best to pick trees that will not grow more than 20 feet in height and therefore not require the wildly ridiculous (and expensive) pruning that occurs to prevent them from growing into power lines.
According to NES, good choices for trees in this area are:
- Red Buckeye
- Crabapples - Adirondack or Narragansett
- Maples - Flame Amur or Japanese
- Dogwoods - Stellar Pink, Flowering hybrids, Chinese or Kousa
- Japanese Flowering Apricot
- Flowering Cherries - Yoshino or Kwanzan
- Chinese Fringetree
- Hollies - Greenleaf American or Warren Red
- Crape Myrtles - Lipan, Sioux or Yuma
- Blackhaw Plum Leaf Vibernum
- Redbuds - Forest Pansy or Oklahoma
Please help Shade Parade Nashville keep Nashville shady ---
PLANT A TREE!