Grass maintenance

The Council manages a number of grass verges across the Borough between February and November inclusive, weather permitting. These verges are managed using ride on cylinder and rotary mowers which are designed to distribute clippings evenly across the verge. Where obstacles restrict the use of this type of machinery, strimmers are used. During inclement weather grass cutting may be temporarily suspended, however as soon as is practical grass cutting will commence with the focus being on bringing areas back into specification as soon as practically possible.

Calendar of main grounds maintenance operations

Report grass maintenance issues

The following photographs show the grading system used by the Council to assess and monitor grass cutting operations with regards to height of cut and quality of finish, grade A (acceptable) to grade D (works required).

If a grass verge requires attention, please report any concerns to the Council via the online form.

All reports received by the Council are inspected, however if works are programmed in for completion within the required timescale no action will be taken thus allowing the Council to keep to the works programme.

Height of grass

Grade A is the standard expected when a grass verge has just been cut, although during periods of inclemental weather this may not be the case. Grades B and C show the different stages of a grass verge as it grows over a period of time. Grass verges that reach grade C are normally within a few days from a scheduled visit, depending on weather conditions. When a grass verge reaches grade D, it is out of specification. Any reports the Council receives which are grade D will be inspected in the next 24 hour period.

Grade a - acceptable

Grade B - acceptable

Grass has been cut to an even height.  Grass is showing signs of uneven growth but is due to be cut shortly.

Grade C - works due

Grade D - works required

Grass is above specification and needs cutting, scheduled visit in next few days, weather permitting.      

Grass has not been cut for some time and is significantly above specification.

Quality of finish

The first photo shows the standard expected when a grass verge has just been cut. If a grass verge is similar to the second photo, it will be revisited unless it interferes with the scheduled work programme. Any reports the Council receives which are similar to the third and fourth photos will be inspected in the next 24 hour period.

1. Acceptable

2. Works required

Clean, even cut, no litter.

Minor concerns. Areas around obstructions not cut to same height and will be revisited.

3. Works required

4. Works required

Cut to an uneven height, excess grass on paths. Excessive amounts of grass outside people's homes should be cleared from paths by the end of the working day.

Cut up litter, some areas missed/ not strimmed. Area will be revisited.

 If a grass verge requires attention, please report any concerns to the Council via the online form.