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Know The Rules Before Creating A Native Verge Garden | Easy Steps To A Verge Garden with images

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Get in front of your neighbors by turning your strip into a strapping garden.

Realise the potential of your nature strip! It's not just a stripe of green like all the others in your street - it's a garden waiting to happen. Turning your verge into a garden waiting to happen. Turning your verge into a bed extends your garden so you can have more of your favorite plants on display and share them with your neighbors. Plus, you'll no longer need to mow it! (Read more: How To Make Your Terrarium In A Jar)

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  • Before you start, check with your local authority for guidelines about what you can dig up and plant. These may include:

  • Plant height limits, so driver and pedestrian visibility is not impaired and the doors of cars parked at the kerb can be opened.

  • No toxic, noxious or weedy plants.

  • No trip hazards or shap objects - such as wires,raised edging, stakes, rocks or plants with prickles or thorns- that can injure pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders.

  • Ensuring access across the strip for pedestrians.

  • Ensuring space for bins.

  • Not endangering the health of trees belonging to your local authority.

  • Limits on edible plants due to contamination.

  • Consultation with neighbors.

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Here is easy steps for how to create native verge garden with images

step by step images for creating verge garden

STEP 1 Remove grass with spade.

STEP 2 Measure and mark with spray paint where the footpaths and bin room will go.

STEP 3 Remove soil to a depth of 10cm with shovel inside markings.

STEP 4 Lay plastic pavers, trim to fit with circular saw and press firmly in soil.

STEP 5 Fill plastic pavers with sandstone pebbles and rake smooth to create a path and bin access.

STEP 6 Dig shallow trenches along boundaries to about 4.5-5cm deep with shovel.

STEP 7 Lay pre-cut edging along boundaries to be level with adjoining soil surface and secure with tent pages using mallet.

STEP 8 Add quality compost to soil and dig in.

STEP 9 Arrange plants for best aesthetic look. Think lines, swirls, snakes and drifts. Uneven numbers have a greater visual impact, so plant the same species in groupings of 3, 5 or 7.

STEP 10 With spade, dig holes for plants that are as deep as the pots and twice as wide.

STEP 11 Fill holes with water and put plants still in pots in buckets or tubs of water to soak them.

STEP 12 When holes have drained, remove plants from pots, put in holes and tuck in with dug-up soil.

STEP 13 Water soil, then add mulch to soil surface.


Your local authority can tell you what natives thrives where you live. Then you can have plants that offer habitat and food for the native birds and inspects that are so important to our environment.

  1. Tea Tree (Leptospermum 'Pink Cascade') offers shelter for birds.

  2. Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos 'Bush Zest') tolerates humidity and heavy soils.

  3. Cut-leaf daisy (Brachyscome 'Pacific Reef') adds spots of vibrant colour.

  4. The spreading native violet (Viola hederacea) thrives under traller plants.

  5. Lilly pilly 'Cherry Surprise' (Acmena smithii) new leaves are bright burgundy.

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