Moreland Council’s guidelines for planting out nature strips includes the following design guidelines:
- Maintain vegetation below a height of 0.5 metres to ensure adequate sight lines.
- Medium to large shrubs and trees should not be planted.
- Allow sufficient space so that people can access the street from the footpath and can open a car door and easily get into and out of a car.
- Hard landscaping elements, such as rocks and pavers, garden edging and planter boxes, must not be used as they can be trip hazards.
- Retain some level ground space for hard rubbish collection, garbage, recycling and green waste bins.
You are creating a garden:
- Remember that you are creating a garden and it should reflect what you like – think about colours, textures, heights, flowers, and maybe clump a few smaller things together to create a feature
- You can also use the plants to create structure. A row of dianellas can provide a natural path to direct foot traffic, protect plants from wind and sun, and be a feature for their strappy green leaves
- Native gardens can be beautiful – flowers can peak around corners, bluebells can look striking next to grasses, common everlasting can trail over mulch. They take a bit of thought, experimentation and care
Here are a few more design tips, based on our experience so far:
- Leave approx. 50cm along the kerbside that is free from plants. Use your chosen surface treatment instead (mulch or granitic sand)
- NBN works are happening across Brunswick, so be aware of the location of all telecommunication pits and reduce the plantings around them or the access line between the pits and the kerb
- Gas works continue to be highly disruptive as new gas pipes involve tenching across the nature strip. Find out where your gas line is and avoid planting over the (potential) trench
- Do not plant for 1m either side of a NBN “node” (big beige box) or between the box and the kerb