Greening Verges

Greening Verges Incentive Program 2017

Due to the fantastic response we are receiving for this initiative, please be aware your application may be added to a waiting list. Council will review the project in the near future and we will keep all applicants informed of developments.

Unley residents and organisations are invited to apply for a Greening Verges Incentive to assist in greening their verge (nature strip).

For a limited number of successful applicants, Council will remove existing dolomite and replace with 100mm depth of soil at no cost, leaving the verges ready for planting.

Please note that applicants must agree to source and pay costs associated with plants, planting the verge and ongoing maintenance. 

To apply, please complete an application form online. 

Applications close on Monday 31 July. Don't delay as spots will be allocated on a ‘first qualified in, first served’ basis, and a waiting list when required.

Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions below. 

  • Terms & Conditions

    The Greening Your Verge Incentive Project is run by the City of Unley and is open to residents and organisations within the City of Unley.

    1. This is a pilot program running on a ‘first qualified in, first served basis’
    2. Submissions will be accepted between Monday 10 July and Monday 31 July 2017.
    3. The program is not a guaranteed opportunity and is subject to criteria, including but not limited to the eligibility criteria listed below.
    Successful recipients will receive the following services for free:
    • Excavation of verge to 100mm depth
    • Removal of excavated material
    • Spreading/backfilling of loam (soil)
    If the program reaches capacity prior to the closing date, Council reserves the right to close the program early. Council will contact all applicants regarding their status.

    Eligibility Criteria

    measuring verge

    • Verges minimum 400mm in width (measured from footpath edge to back of kerb)
    • Scheduled streetscape works by council may impact on an applicant being selected
    • Applicants agree to source and pay costs associated with plants and planting the verge
    • Ensure plantings do not cause interference to road and footpath users in accordance with the guidelines and Nature Strip Policy
    • Applicants accept full responsibility for the maintenance of their gardened verge.

Greening Verges

Council encourages residents to take ownership of their verge areas and boundary strips as this enhances our streetscapes and the kerb appeal of residences throughout the City.

In addition to extra greenery, landscaping a verge contributes in many positive ways to your street by:
  • providing a healthier environment for street trees
  • softening the effect of hard surfaces such as roads and footpaths
  • improving air quality
  • working at natural air conditioners through moisture in leaves
  • reducing stormwater run-off, and
  • providing habitat for small creatures like bees and butterflies.

First steps to greening your verge

  1. If you currently have dolomite that needs to be removed and replaced with soil, decide if you plan to complete this work yourself, engage a landscape contractor or have City of Unley complete the work for a fee subject to a quote.
  2. Prior to starting any works, fill in an Alter a Public Road Application Form and tick the create nature strip box.
Please note, even though verges are classified as part of a public road under the Local Government Act 1999, and as such are owned by Council, your property can benefit directly from improved kerb appeal in your street. 

Display Verges

Our display verges at Edmund Avenue showcase a variety of plants and treatments that you could use to transform your verge into an attractive garden feature.

Take a stroll down Edmund Avenue, Unley and be inspired by contemporary, cottage, natural and formal layout examples, including different path ideas. All meet the guidelines of safe plant choices and low plant heights to ensure good sight lines for road users.