Verge makeovers usually include the removal of grass, weeds or a hard surface on your verge and replacing it with a waterwise native plant garden.
Waterwise verges use less water and fertiliser than traditional lawn verges. They save you money and have improved environmental values. Converting verge lawns to waterwise gardens is estimated to save around 20,000 to 40,000 litres of water per year per lawn.
Prior to starting work please contact Dial before You Dig on Dial 1100 or go on line to www.dialbeforeyoudig.com.au to ensure you don’t do any damage to underground services.
The Water Corporation brochure ‘Your guide to a waterwise garden’ provides useful information prior to planting.
When planting out any verge, it’s important to consider line of sight. You don't want to block the view for people driving in and out of their driveways. It is recommended all the plants used are waterwise and will grow to a maximum of 50 centimetres high. For information on waterwise plants, follow the link to the Waterwise plant search on the Water Corporation’s website.
An introductory guide to converting your lawn in a cost effective way can be found on the Waterwise Verge Makeover page on the Beyond Gardens website.
Home lawns and gardens are a major source of nutrients entering wetlands, creeks and the Swan River. Excess fertiliser used on home lawns and gardens will eventually find its way into local wetlands and the Swan River, via the drainage system or through the soil into the groundwater table.
Excessive nutrients in wetland and river systems lead to algal blooms, which may result in the death of plants and animals which live in the waterways.
You can help improve the health of our waterways by reducing your usage of fertiliser by following the advice in these pamphlets.
For more fertiliser wise advice, please visit Fertilise Wise.
Any verge treatment that seeks to improve the amenity of an area is encouraged in the City. Vegetable or fruit gardens, often referred to as edible gardens, are permissible, but are subject to approval by the City. Applications can be sent in using the application to alter verge form(PDF, 300KB) either by filling out the attached form or using the online form which follows.
There are a few things to consider if you are thinking of planting the verge area with edible fruits and vegetables.
- The garden will need to be maintained by the resident, with no rotting fruit or vegetables, for health reasons.
- By placing the garden on the verge you do not have sole access. Anyone can legally pick the fruit and vegetables (including people not residing in the street).
- There may not be any structures on the verge (including wooden boxes, walls, fences).
- Trees must be 1.8 metres from the road.
- No shrubs are allowed within 500mm of the road.
- If the garden becomes neglected or the City receives complaints about rotting fruit, the City reserves the right to remove it.
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