Your nature strip, also known as the ‘verge,’ is the public space between your property and the road curb. This area contains various utilities such as telecommunications, gas, water, and power services, along with street lighting. Typically featuring grass and a tree, the nature strip serves several vital purposes:

  1. Providing a level area for waste and recycling bins.
  2. Ensuring safe access for pedestrians, strollers, and wheelchairs between the road and footpath.
  3. Enhancing visibility for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, especially at intersections, curves, and driveways.
  4. Allowing easy access for service providers to perform maintenance or repairs.
  5. Creating space for tree planting, contributing to the neighborhood’s greenery.

While the nature strips in the Banyan Place neighborhood belong to Cardinia Shire Council, the maintenance responsibility falls on the landowner whose property is parallel to each section.

Basic Upkeep

Regular maintenance of your nature strip contributes to the overall ambiance of our community. This involves tasks like regular mowing, weeding, and picking up litter. Keeping it clean and tidy creates a welcoming environment for everyone.

Benefits of a Well-Maintained Nature Strip

Aside from visual appeal, a well-kept nature strip brings various advantages:

  1. Aids in rainwater absorption, minimising stormwater runoff.
  2. Enhances the aesthetics of the neighborhood.
  3. Softens the impact of hard surfaces, such as roads and pavements.
  4. Boosts your property’s value and overall well-being.

Street Trees

Street trees are another common feature of nature strips, adding to the natural aesthetics and providing practical benefits. To care for your street tree:

  1. Water it regularly, especially in drier months.
  2. Keep the base weed-free and mulched, but avoid mulching near the tree trunks.

Remember, street trees are the property of Cardinia Shire Council, and removing them requires prior approval. It is your responsibility to care for the street tree, and you may be held accountable for any damage within your boundary.

Landscaping Ideas

While most nature strips feature grass and a street tree, there are other accepted treatments.  Transform your nature strip into a charming corner using options like gravel, mulch, and approved plants. Ensure your design accommodates essential functionality like pedestrian pathways, postal services, vehicular movement, parking, and waste collection.

Landscape Permit Application

If you plan to enhance your nature strip with landscaping, securing a permit is necessary. Adhering to the Nature Strip Policy Guidelines ensures your project aligns with community guidelines.

For more guidance on obtaining a permit or information on caring for your nature strip, please contact Cardinia Shire Council by telephone email  or head online here.

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