Brisbane verges, so-called nature strips, are public land yet residents are required to maintain them. They are usually either neat green turf or barren and weedy. Maintaining manicured turf uses water, fertiliser, weedkiller, poluting mowers and other tools, and isn’t the best way to spend your time. The neglected verges harbour environmental weeds.
In 2016, Brisbane City Council finally gave way to community pressure and produced guidelines allowing residents to plant out their verges.
I was among those who lobbied my local councillor about street planting laws and was delighted when the BCC finally came out with their new policy allowing verge gardens in 2016. Admittedly, it could have been better. Jerry Coleby-Willliams offered valid criticism of its shortfalls and the policy could be much improved with his input. [...]
Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery, December 2016. Planted in south-west corner I will watch how it goes - for consideration in the native verge garden to be planted out this autumn. Shrub to 0.5 Metres High by 1 Metre across Aspect: Full Sun Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Moist to Sandy Description: Dense Prostrate Habit Evergreen [...]
Our street has several street trees but for some reason there are gaps - and there's a big gap on both sides of the street in front of our house. Did little trees die from neglect? Did someone remove them? Where they ever there? So, I phoned the Brisbane City Council call centre 3403 8888 [...]
The land is public so you need to consider and manage the reactions of neighbours and others affected. Verge gardens can be, but don't have to be, food gardens. More important than the suggestion of individual plants are the general guidelines which allows you to choose your own plants that fit your location, soil, taste, [...]
The Brisbane City Council have finally given in to pressure from green-fingered residents and now has a policy to allow gardening on verges or native strips in front of houses. Their guidelines were announced in August 2016 and can be accessed here (.doc) and the Brisbane Times article with some interesting comments below here (.doc). [...]