Give the yard a facelift this week­end!

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE -

With a long week­end right on our doorstep, itos the per­fect time to get out those gar­den­ing tools and give the yard a facelift!

Coun­cil is urg­ing res­i­dents to trim over­hang­ing trees and shrubs that en­croach onto the foot­path; these can cause prob­lems for pedes­tri­ans or el­derly on mo­bil­ity scoot­ers (some­times re­sult­ing in them choos­ing the dan­ger­ous op­tion of mov­ing out onto the road be­cause pave­ment space is taken up!).

Itos also a great time to clear away any ex­ces­sive long grass be­fore spring hits. Be a tidy Kiwi and make sure to pick up any clip­pings that fall onto the foot­path.

Build-up of veg­e­ta­tion can be a ma­jor fire haz­ard. You can keep your­self and your fam­ily safe from haz­ards like this by en­sur­ing your grass and veg­e­ta­tion are at a man­age­able level be­fore spring hits.

In some cases, prop­erty own­ers may re­ceive a let­ter to no­tify them of over­hang­ing/ex­cess veg­e­ta­tion. Coun­cil by­law states veg­e­ta­tion must not project more than 300mm from the bound­ary fence or be­low the height of 2.5m. If prop­erty own­ers have not acted, or made con­tact within two weeks of re­ceiv­ing a let­ter, con­trac­tors will be called in to re­move the of­fend­ing veg­e­ta­tion and the cost of do­ing so will be charged to the owner.

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