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Did you know that area that sits between the road and your property boundary (roughly where the water meter is located) is known as the verge? You may know this as the nature strip.
City of Playford has almost 700km of urban verges and 630km of rural roadsides that are maintained by Playford's operational staff as part of programmed mowing programs. Parks, reserves and open spaces are maintained by similar programs.
Our team works across Council's metropolitan, rural and township areas in rostered sections, allowing mowing and maintenance of each section in a specific timeframe.
Council will maintain the verge unless you have applied to landscape and maintain the verge out the front of your house.
Urban Verge Mowing
Playford's metropolitan verges are maintained as part of our Urban Verge Mowing Program. Urban verges are mowed between May and the end of December, depending on the season conditions.
This program is subject to weather conditions, staff availability, resources, rapid-response requests or emergency work. Please check below in the Verge Maintenance Documents section for the Urban Verge Mowing Program timetable.
Council aims to provide up to 5 cuts a year (if required), with each cutting cycle taking approximately 40 days to complete.
Grass clippings are collected as soon as practical after the mowing has occurred. Council commits to a maximum delay of 24 hours to comply with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) requirements.
Footpath blower operators also follow the Urban Verge Mowing Program to blow any grass from the footpath to the roadway for ease of removal by the street sweeper.
You can log a customer request online, by visiting Playford Online Services, phoning Customer Care on (08) 8256 0333 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Rural Roadside Mowing
Playford's peri-urban and rural areas are maintained though the rural verge slashing and open space slashing programs.
This program is also subject to weather conditions, staff availability, resources, rapid-response requests or emergency work.
Rural slashing programs are run from April to the end of January every year, with the peak slashing season occurring between October and end of December.
This frequency will depend on the area requiring slashing.
- Rural roadsides are slashed up to 3 times per year
- Reach slashing of swale drain verges (city wide) and the urban hills face area (e.g Hillbank) occurs up to 3 times per year
- Gullies and other open spaces are slashed up to 3 times per year
- Fire tracks are slashed each year in December
Maintaining your own verge
Often we are asked if it's ok for residents to maintain a council verge - and the answer is yes!
This is great news if you're a keen gardener and wish to landscape the verge out the front of your house.
We do ask that you read the Verge Landscape Guidelines and submit a Verge Landscaping Application though, just so that we can make sure we can record this in our systems, and don't send the mowers out over your new landscaping!
If you wish to maintain the verge out the front of your house, you'll need to submit an application to Council. Once received, Council staff will mark your verge with a green marker to indicate to our mowing and maintenance teams that the resident is maintaining the verge.
Submit your application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send to 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park, SA, 5113.
If approved, you will have responsibility for ongoing maintenance of the verge. Council staff will mark your verge with a green marker to indicate to our mowing and maintenance teams that you are maintaining the verge.
If you're a keen gardener and wish to landscape the verge out the front of your house, you'll need to submit a verge landscaping application to Council.
Before completing and submitting your application form be sure to read the Verge Landscape Guidelines. Submit your application by email to email@example.com or send to 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park, SA, 5113.
Verges marked with a green metal marker indicate that there is an agreement with the resident to maintain their own verge area. If you have recently moved into the property, or are no longer able to maintain your own verge, please contact Council to discuss your options.
The Verge Landscape Guidelines are definitely worth reading before you start planning your landscaping. They will provide you with some hints about what you can do, let you know what is not allowed - saving you time and money by getting it right the first time!
This is definitely possible, however you will need to consider any council infrastructure, terrain and the presence of any native vegetation. Don't worry though, we will do an onsite inspection to help you work through these consideration and any other risks.
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