August 7, 2017
With autumn quickly approaching, now is a great time to develop a plan for transforming your vacant lot using the Field Guide to Working with Lots. Fall planning and preparation makes weeding much easier. Why? Because weeds are fully established in the fall, making them easier to distinguish from plants. And, even though temperatures are cooler in the fall, the plants’ roots will have time to establish themselves in the warm soil before the ground freezes.
If you are looking to install a lot design from the Field Guide, make sure to visit the online tool to “Discover Your Lot,” explore “Local Examples,” and choose a “Lot Design.” And, let us know what your plans are!
This summer, the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office wrapped up the second year of its mini-grant program, which provided funds to community organizations to implement a lot design from the Field Guide. As a result, 10 groups have transformed 12 lots in Detroit. To date, DFC has directly influenced the transformation of more than 35 lots in Detroit, with hopes to see that number grow to 100 in five years.