That little strip of earth between the sidewalk and the street, I have heard called the “Hell Strip.” The irrigation system fails to water it, neighbor’s dogs use it for conducting their business, and parked cars and visitor’s feet challenge any plant growth. In serious shade, what a problem it is to find anything that will grow successfully. Unmulched, the strip quickly loses all organic material, and you have an unsightly mess of rubble and weeds.
I mulch my shady strip with pine straw and pave the access points with simple pavers. It is a place I can choose to neglect, as long as I can keep it munched.
How have you dealt with your street curb Hell Strip?