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.
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 updated in March 2017. They can be accessed here and the Brisbane Times article with some interesting…