Managing your verge
Your verge is the area between your house and the road. It can have lawn, landscaping or a garden. Managing your verge is important for public health and safety, and helps to keep our streets looking beautiful.
You can manage your verge by mowing it regularly or starting your own verge garden with approval from Council.
We have a verge mowing program that helps to maintain public health and safety throughout the year, but you can mow and upkeep your verge anytime.
Verge mowing program
With more than 52,000 verges maintained across the City of Charles Sturt, verge mowing is no small task. Our verge mowing program is not a turf maintenance and mowing service. It ensures that the verge areas do not pose an unacceptable risk to the community through long grass.
Overgrown verges can:
- present a fire hazard
- present trip hazards
- interrupt sight lines for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians
We encourage you to mow and maintain the verge in front of your property if you're able to do so. This improves the look of your property and street, and encourages neighbours to do the same.
Verge mowing schedule
- Local Roads: 4 cuts per year (around every 12 weeks)
- Main Roads: 8 cuts per year (around every 6 -7 weeks)
At peak growing times, extra services may be added as required.
To find out when your verge is scheduled to be mowed, enter your address in the search box at the bottom.
Create a verge garden
Creating a non-edible verge garden can be an excellent way of getting to know your neighbours, building a strong sense of community, and adding to the biodiversity and beauty of your local street. It's a great way to manage your verge without need for regular mowing.
Learn more about how to create a verge garden.
Verge moving FAQ
My verge is too long, what can you do about it?
If an overgrown verge is posing a potential safety hazard (visibility or otherwise), let us know. We can arrange for an assessment, followed by a reactive cut if required.
Why are the verges so overgrown?
Grass grows quicker at certain times of year. This is because of the combination of wet and warmer weather. Extra verge mowing services are sometimes engaged to help manage the load, but you can mow your verge at any time to keep it maintained.
I want to maintain my own verge
Great! Please contact us and we'll remove your address from the mowing schedule.
How does the verge mowing program work?
Street sweepers follow the verge mowers to collect all grass from the road surface. Blower operators follow the verge mowers to blow any grass from the footpath to the roadway so it's easier to collect by the street sweepers.
What if my property is damaged?
The contractors take great care in their work, but accidents do happen. In the unlikely event your property is damaged during the verge mowing process, please contact us as soon as possible and provide details about the incident.
How do I go about creating a verge garden?
We support our residents to create more beautiful streets with non-edible verge gardens.
Learn how to start a verge garden.