I’m So Tire’d

So, we’ve putting in some permeable pavers in the yard which means that we have an awful lot of soil to put somewhere.  Just our luck, we have an ugly slope that we were wondering how to level.  After some thought, i tossed out, half joking, that we could make a retaining wall from old tires.  The idea was instantly voted upon and selected!  Here are some photos.

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I must admit, this is pushing it a bit for me, and looks a little rough around the edges. But, as we finish up, it’s beginning to grow on me.  The cool thing is that we now have 20 or so new planter pockets, so when the plants fill in,  you won’t even see the tires.  We’ll go for flowers in this one: tulips, jacob’s ladder, lilies, irises and so on.  The top is reserved for another apple tree (or two) so we get better pollination.

Being a car driven (forgive the pun) society, we certainly have plenty of tires to go around.  Make that hundreds of millions: in 2003 alone, the US generated 290 million scrap tires.  Where do they all go?  Some get converted into rubberized asphalt, some are recycled into other products. However, most get burned: 45%!  The frightening thing is that the industrial burning tires for heat is CLEANER than most coal burning power plants!  Not that i’m saying we should burn tires: we should have to be doing either in an ideal world.  It is World Carfree Day afterall…


About Ryan

Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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