Mow your verge

Gungahlin Al 21 October 2009 67

Gungahlin Community Council is starting to get a number of complaints about overgrown grass on roadside verges in suburban areas.

After several years of not much rain, it seems that many of us have forgotten a few things about grass. So for those with short memories, here are the key points:

1/ When it rains now and then during warmer weather, that green stuff out there (known as “grass”, but sometimes mislabelled “lawn”) tends to grow longer.

2/ When it grows longer, YOU have to mow it – importantly this includes the verge area in front of your place between your property boundary and the kerb (and around the side if you live on a corner). “They” don’t mow it for you.

3/ If you live in a new estate, the developer may have done the mowing over the last couple of years. But once the development is finished and a “maintenance period” elapses, the public areas go “off maintenance”, and “they” will no longer mow it . TAMS will then mow the parks and stuff, but you have to mow your bit of verge.

4/ Living in a townhouse and not having a mower is NOT an excuse for letting it grow a metre high. Point 2 above applies to you too. (I saw a guy trimming his verge grass with a hedge trimmer on Sunday…! Scores B for initiative and A for comedy.)

Tips for townhouses residents:

1/ Talk to your neighbours – one of them may have a mower and be willing to do the whole building frontage if you all tip a bit of dosh their way (or even just a “thank you”?)

2/ If no-one has a mower, how about pooling some funds to hire a garden contractor every couple of weeks during spring/summer and every 6 weeks over winter?

3/ If no-one else will come to the party, plant it out in front of your place at least. Please avoid making yet more expanses of crushed granite. It’s ugly and hot and causes more stormwater run-off.

Steps for planting out your verge, for townhouse dwellers and renters with no idea about gardening:

1/ Scalp it with a mower back to the dirt (hire one just this once).

2/ Wait a week then spray it out with glyphosate (Roundup). Wait 2 weeks and spray it out again.

3/ Wait another 2 weeks then visit Magnet Mart for the following items.

4/ Scatter gypsum around (it helpsbreak up the clay so water and roots can penetrate. Dig it up a bit – great exercise for townhouse dwellers.

5/ Bash in some timber or plastic garden edge strips across the verge at your boundaries to keep the neighbours’ untended grass out. Magnet Mart will lend you a trailer to carry the timber edging home.  Use the borrowed trailer to get some “coarse forest litter” mulch from Corhill Brothers for the princely sum of $23 per cubic metre (a 7×4 high-sided trailer will take a full metre load in one trip) and spread it around. All you need for this is a cheap rake. Make it deep so weeds won’t grow through it. Maybe drop some large-format concrete pavers in to cross the verge?

6/ Put some low ground covering native plants in. If you’ve bought a brand new place, the ACT Government gives you $250 worth via the Yarralumla Nursery. Otherwise, Magnet Mart have a great range of low-water natives. Landscapers’ tip is to cluster several of the same species together. Some species to consider: Dianella revoluta or tasmanica; Lomandra tanika or longifolia, or further away from the street hystrix; Grevillea bronze rambler or gaudi chaudi; Grevillea Mt Tamboritha; Myoporum parvifolium. Further back from the street and away from corners, a couple of low-growing shrubs like Leptospermum; Callistemon; Acacia; Banksia. Remember plants grow larger, so don’t plant anything within a metre of the footpath or kerb. Keep the mulch back from the stems of the plants.

7/ Water occasionally. Enjoy no longer worrying about mowing.


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Okwhatever Okwhatever 7:37 am 13 Dec 11

Grass may be a pain but it keeps the temperature down around your house in summer. There are also issues with poor water penetration when you cover your whole property with pavers and cement leading to soil contraction which cracks your walls.

Grass also doesn’t wash away down the street during heavy rain like granite does, and I have never seen anyone take responsibility for cleaning up their granite that has washed away and formed a pile at the bottom of the street. There is no such thing as no maintenance.

The Traineediplomat The Traineediplomat 3:15 am 13 Dec 11

Nothing like resurrecting old posts for a spot of memory about the way we were…

Mumbucks Mumbucks 11:17 pm 12 Dec 11

Mowing the lawn os a good way to sticky beak . It is what is missing in our neighbourhoods sometimes. Also it gives you the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbours. Heck you could forget the street party invite and have a mow off.

wooster wooster 9:59 pm 12 Dec 11

god, what a condescending prat the OP is.

I re-consider all his postings on this site in light of this, and really, it all makes sense.

nicholasfuller nicholasfuller 6:30 pm 12 Dec 11

solution to verge issue contact nick fuller 0452229142 or email nickfuller1971@hotmail.com

nicholasfuller nicholasfuller 6:09 pm 12 Dec 11

please refer to my solution re the verge issues free quotes from jan 12

p1 p1 9:41 am 20 Oct 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

*gosh* your medal is on the way.

Don’t forget to send a chest to pin it on.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 8:30 am 20 Oct 10

avengerness said :

vg said :

Its not hard to pick the lazy, useless and most probably fat people in these comments. I’m on Al’s side here. Mow your verge you lazy bogans. It will take a whole 60 secs of your life in many cases

And no, I am not fat or lazy, nor am I a bogan in any way, shape or form. I did 5 cubic meters of hard yakka (half granite half soil)on my own in 2 days. And that’s only a quarter of what I have done.

But if I don’t have lawn/a weed farm, and think its a terrible waste of water, then I will not be maintaining a government abandoned one. And it would actually take a LOT longer than 60 secs on the verge they left me with!

*gosh* your medal is on the way.

avengerness avengerness 10:21 pm 19 Oct 10

vg said :

Its not hard to pick the lazy, useless and most probably fat people in these comments. I’m on Al’s side here. Mow your verge you lazy bogans. It will take a whole 60 secs of your life in many cases

And no, I am not fat or lazy, nor am I a bogan in any way, shape or form. I did 5 cubic meters of hard yakka (half granite half soil)on my own in 2 days. And that’s only a quarter of what I have done.

But if I don’t have lawn/a weed farm, and think its a terrible waste of water, then I will not be maintaining a government abandoned one. And it would actually take a LOT longer than 60 secs on the verge they left me with!

avengerness avengerness 10:17 pm 19 Oct 10

Kramer said :

Five cubic meters of decomposed granite, and a half day to spread & compact it = no more verge maintenance for me!

+1

Why waste water on a weed farm? The council did not plant lawn, ground covers or anything else and I am supposed to go out into the weeds that took over and water them and mow. Uh, no I won’t be doing that.

As for the weeds/dirt, just scrape it and remove it you say????…. yeah at a cost of over $500 for the hire of all required removal equipment. I have a MASSIVE nature strip, I think its bigger than my actual land.

I put granite down. You think ugly, I think practical, neat and no water maintenance. I have an area of ground covers I will put down when I can afford it also and let the rain water them and I have put down a drought tolerant garden bed that does not require maintenance BUT you cannot bring that all the way to the road, so red granite is necessary to some degree.

If council put down ground covers or actual lawn and no just let nature take its course with weeds, then I would definitely try harder. But I have already spent $400 on trying to make it look better. Minus the grass.

For the record… I have ZERO grass around my house on my property and the only trees/plants are fruit and veggie bearing, so they earn their keep. The ones on the nature strip or that I will get will all just be area appropriate no maintenance natives/sort of natives.

vg vg 12:46 pm 25 Oct 09

Its not hard to pick the lazy, useless and most probably fat people in these comments. I’m on Al’s side here. Mow your verge you lazy bogans. It will take a whole 60 secs of your life in many cases

Pandy Pandy 7:44 pm 23 Oct 09

@JJ: If you are using a dripper to water your trees, then you have not
deep watered. When I say deep water it means running the hose in the root
zone that might cover a diameter of some metres. Something I used to do before water prices rises and water restrictions.

grunta123 grunta123 7:22 pm 23 Oct 09

I didn’t know I said that! Maybe you should learn to read. It was given to you on a silver platter… 🙂

JC JC 5:25 pm 23 Oct 09

Ceej1973 said :

grunta123 said :

… My big gripe though is that when we bought the land, the developers should have provided a street asset plan. That way we would have know that the footpath would be 2.5m back from the kerb, hence the water meter was even further back thus meaning out fence had to be 1m behind the meter. If the footpath had have been hard up against the road, then we would have been able to put the fence hard up to the boundary of the land we purchased, not the building boundary which is influenced by where the verge/path is. Just a bit of advice for people buying corner blocks!

You can research this kind of thing yourself, you don’t need to be given it on a silver platter.

Kramer Kramer 12:17 pm 23 Oct 09

Five cubic meters of decomposed granite, and a half day to spread & compact it = no more verge maintenance for me!

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 12:02 pm 23 Oct 09

grunta123 said :

Ahhh I’m not allowed to build on it, not allowed to park on it, not allowed to landscape it but they want me to maintain it. Bahhhh to that. Let nature take its course. Let the grass be free.

Hell, they even made me build the courtyard fence 2m inside my boundary. If they want it that bad, they can mow it.

Instead of wasting money on crappy overpriced art, Jon should spend it on a few extra workers to start mowing footpaths.

G123 I feel your pain r.e the courtyard fence thing. We too thought we bought (leased really) a 750sqm block. If I had have done my research 1st, I too would have know about the building set back and where our courtyard/backyard fence can go. My big gripe though is that when we bought the land, the developers should have provided a street asset plan. That way we would have know that the footpath would be 2.5m back from the kerb, hence the water meter was even further back thus meaning out fence had to be 1m behind the meter. If the footpath had have been hard up against the road, then we would have been able to put the fence hard up to the boundary of the land we purchased, not the building boundary which is influenced by where the verge/path is. Just a bit of advice for people buying corner blocks!

Jim Jones Jim Jones 11:37 am 23 Oct 09

Pandy said :

Jim Jones when was the last time you deep watered your own trees?

Last night.

They don’t all need it, but there are a few that get watered regularly.

If there’s a problem or if something needs doing, suck it up and do the right thing. That’s what being an adult is all about. All this “it’s not my problem” attitude is really childish and galling.

Pandy Pandy 9:43 am 23 Oct 09

Jim Jones when was the last time you deep watered your own trees? I have not done so for several years in trees in my yard. What water the grass and trees getr is from nature and from grey water. So I am not going to water a tree that they plant on land I dont own. It was not so long ago TAMS were criticised for not watering trees in car parks and their response was: drought mate.

H1NG0 H1NG0 9:37 am 23 Oct 09

Do you not feed your kids because it was your wife who popped it out?

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:32 am 23 Oct 09

Pandy said :

@ Hingo: If the land is not mine and TAMs does not need my permission to plant on the verge, I am under no obligation to water their tree.

I don’t think you realise how petty you sound when you say stuff like that. It’s just a freaking tree, FFS, it’s not like you’re responsible for anything that’s particularly difficult or requires any real effort.

The lack of generous community spirit and predominance of fractious individual self-centredness on display in this thread is pretty disheartening.

Thankfully I and all my neighbours take it for granted that we take care of the neighbourhood. Sometimes (shock) we even mow each others lawns (without even asking for money or whining about the gummint – OMG).

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