Creating a Waterwise Garden Verge

plants for your waterwise garden vergeThe strip of land between the road and your properties boundary space is known as the verge. This space is public space and can be filled with trees, grass, footpaths, concrete or a combination of items. 

As the verge is at the forefront of a property, its understandable many people want to change the look of their verge to boost the street appeal or to tie in with their properties theme, design or surrounds.

If you’re planning to redesign your garden verge, it’s highly recommended to ensure it is waterwise. Making waterwise choices can help to conserve water usage plus provide environmental benefits.  

Read on to learn some useful tips on creating a waterwise garden verge including:

  • Local council requirements before making changes to your garden verge
  • Choose a design and plants for your waterwise garden verge
  • Seek expert advice on a waterwise irrigation design for your garden verge
  • Prepare and plant your waterwise garden verge
  • Maintain your waterwise garden verge

Local council requirements before making changes to your garden verge

While the idea of changing your garden verge is no doubt exciting, it’s important to understand there are local council requirements. Check with your local council about their guidelines regarding what is and isn’t allowed and generally, your verge design will need to be approved by your local council. Enquire about any verge incentive schemes available that you may be eligible to apply for.

Choose a design and plants for your waterwise garden verge

Blooming flower plantWhen designing your new waterwise verge, it’s important to consider those items you can’t move or change such as street lights, signs, bus stops and paths. When creating a design and choosing plants remember to consider the soil type of your verge and sun exposure. Some plants thrive in full sunlight while others are more suitable to a mix of sun and shade. Considering most of our Western Australia experiences long, hot summer native plants are a popular option as they can survive with little water, even when hot and dry.

Seek expert advice on a waterwise irrigation design for your garden verge

WA Reticulation Supplies are proud to be a waterwise garden design store which means we are trained to design a waterwise irrigation design to suit your garden verge. Your irrigation system should also deliver water directly to the root system with little or no evaporative loss and minimal wastage.  

Prepare and plant your waterwise garden verge

Correct preparation is essential before planting your garden verge. This process begins with preparing and improving the soil. Soil conditioners can increase your soil’s ability to hold moisture and nutrients. Set out your chosen plants along your verge before digging and once planted, apply a thick layer of mulch, keeping away from the base of your new plants.

Maintain your waterwise garden verge

To keep your newly planted garden verge looking its best, it’s important to occasionally prune your plants and remove any weeds. Check your mulch every few months and add more if needed, and remember to only water on your rostered watering days.

WA Reticulation Supplies for all your irrigation and water related gardening needs

Noozle for SprinklerOur WA Reticulation Supplies team pride themselves on offering excellent customer service. We are proud to be a trusted part of our local community with professional staff with extensive industry experience, technical resources and services.

As Waterwise Garden Irrigators we are qualified to install & maintain water efficient garden watering systems to an industry standard.

Drop in and speak to the team at 4/277 Albany Highway, Armadale or 3/12 Lloyd Street in Midland or call the team for expert advice on (08) 9399 9399 or (08) 9274 5500.

Reference: WA Water Corporation