So if you don’t fancy mowing the nature strip anymore, just plant it out with some shrubbery and find a new way to spend your Sunday afternoons.
There are a few things you need to know before you start, and the Council has documented them in a guideline, of course.
- These guidelines apply to verge gardens at properties that are identified as a “Residential zone” within the Brisbane City Plan 2014
- You need to allow a minimum width of 1.2 metres for pedestrian access between your property boundary and the road kerb
- You need to make sure that your footpath gardening project is respectful of the needs of others. In other words, as Council says, “it must be well-maintained and safe, and must keep the footpath accessible for everyone without negatively impacting the environment and surrounding infrastructure”.
If you’re stuck for inspiration check out Council’s recommended planting list.