Perth Councils of late have been putting out a lot of information out regarding the council verge. Do’s and don’ts as to what can go there and how it should be maintained. Well here at Superior Lawns in Perth we may be a little biased but lawn is definitely the way to go. We have a number of drought and heat tolerant lawns which are low maintenance and won’t leave you out the front weeding for hours! Think lawn is hard to maintain? Follow these simple steps and you will have a lush green lawn that will fight away the weeds and add that finishing touch to your home. Don’t be fooled that lawn isn’t a good option and please please don’t think that artificial lawn is the way to go for ‘no’ maintenance…. we see those weeds growing around the edges!!
Managing Compaction on Council Verges in Perth
If your council verge strip endures a lot of foot traffic be it walkers, runners, cars or even the postie it can lead to compaction of the soil underneath. A tell tale sign of compaction are bare patches of hard dirt either side of the footpath or for those without a footpath this can occur on the main traffic area. The soil compacts so much that the lawn can no longer grow any more and you are left with the bare patches which lets me honest arent the most attractive. So what do you do? Aerating your lawn will help with compaction, being the council verge you could simply use a pitch fork to make holes in the soil (or get those shoes from Bunnings… you know the one's I am talking about!) this will help oxygen and nutrients enter the soil and give your lawn a chance to grow. Apply some soil wetter (a definite must especially for residents living in Perth and Western Australia. See our blog about Soil Wetters for more information on the benefits.)
Make sure the area is free from leaves and other matter.
It is important to make sure that your lawn and the council verge strip is left free of debris. This includes leaves, twigs, rubbish and if you live in some areas around Perth some extra special gifts left behind from dog walkers! It is important especially as the weather cools down that your lawn is receiving sufficient sunlight to ensure that photosynthesis can occur and give your lawn the best chance to grow and look a million bucks… and who really wants all of that on their front verge anyway!
Mowing your lawn regularly is a must!
It is important to ensure that you mow your lawn regularly. Although this may be tedious for some a quick zip around the verge is much easier than getting on all fours and weeding (or at least I think so!) Mowing regularly (but not too low… remember on 1/3 of the leaf at any given time). will mean you have a reduced risk of compaction as well as encouraging lateral growth which means a thicker more lush looking lawn.
What about edging?
You will need to edge if you want that pristine finished look. A quick whipper snipper around the foot path and driveway will do the job and might even encourage people to stick to the path rather than walk all over the lawn. You can also use an edger which will give you a more finished look adding to the aesthetics of your home… and if your in the market to sell they do say that a well manicured lawn can add big bucks at sale time!
Other than that, ensuring your reticulation is working and you are watering on your scheduled watering days, an application of fetiliser every season change and some soil wetter and you are done. It’s as easy as that! Lawns add so much more than just a look to your home, don’t forget that cooling effect, also that an average sized lawn produces more oxygen that a single tree alone and research has proven a strong link between mental health and lawn.
If you need any more help in getting your lawn to grow give our office a call or email and we would be more than happy to help. OR if this article has twisted your arm and you would like to purchase some superior lawn we are here to help! We can deliver Tuesday to Saturday. We look forward to hearing from you!
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