Lord Street is a north-south residential street in Richmond, in the neighbourhood labelled as Coppin:

Lord Street location. Image credit: Apple Maps, Streets Alive Yarra.
Lord Street. Image credit: Mei Yin.
Some properties on Lord Street have planted Crape Myrtle and Lomandra. Image credit: Mei Yin.

Improving street trees

This suggestion is from local resident, Mei Yin, regarding the northern half of Lord Street, between Wall Street and Bridge Road:

About eight unhappy olive trees are located on the west side of Lord Street, north of Wall Street, up to Bridge Road. They are not thriving owing to poor soil condition, which is trampled and compacted by people and animals. Rubbish is also often found under the olive trees. Leaves on the trees are turning yellow which is unusual for an olive tree because they are very hardy.

Rubbish and compacted soil. Image credit: Mei Yin.

I suggest replacing the eight olive trees with Crape Myrtle (or another suitable and attractive slimline tree variety) and underplant with Lomandra ‘Lime Tuff’ or ‘Tanika’. In addition, improve the soil with water saving top soil and mulch. When in bloom, Crape Myrtle puts on a dazzling display, while Lomandra can help protect the soil around the base of the trees. This part of Lord Street, between Wall Street and Bridge Road can be a boulevard of stunning Crape Myrtle, transforming a dull street with dying tress into a boulevard of colour with lush greenery.

Example of Crape Myrtle. Image credit: Treeland Nursery.
Example of Crape Myrtle. Image credit: Woodcutter Info.
Example of Crape Myrtle underplanted with Lemondra. Image credit: S&ME.

Local champion

Your local champion for Lord Street is Mei Yin, a local resident. View all of Streets Alive Yarra’s champions on our supporters page.

The streetscape on this street requires much needed work. The olive trees are struggling to thrive and there is no underplanting. Instead I observe weeds, dog stool and rubbish dumped under the olive trees. I would like to suggest the olive trees be replaced with slimline Crape Myrtle trees and underplanted with Lomandra ‘Tanika’ grasses. Many of the houses along Lord Street have Crape Myrtle planted in their private gardens. This will blend in well with the streetscape.

Mei Yin