The county council’s grass-cutting season is underway with teams set to set to mow the equivalent of 532 pitches at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium each month.
The authority, which maintains nearly 3.8million square metres of urban grass in residential areas, began the annual programme this month.
Residents who want to find out when verges are scheduled to be cut in their area can use the county council’s interactive grass-cutting map at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/grass-cutting. The map also offers up-to-date information on operations.
We cut grass in towns and villages for safety reasons, not just to enhance the look of communities.
“Looking after verges, central reservations and islands ensures that visibility is not restricted for motorists and cyclists at junctions and that pavement widths are not reduced.
“I would encourage people to have a look at the interactive map to find out when the teams are in their area.Person:Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport
Nine two-person gangs using a ride-on mower with flail and a strimmer cut the grass in towns and villages. Rural routes between towns and villages are cut in single one-metre swathes along straight roads and cut further back into junctions to ensure clear visibility - although the majority of highway verges are the responsibility of the council, some are privately owned, and some are managed by contractors on the council’s behalf.
The council aims to cut the grass within five working days of the scheduled date. This could change depending on the weather.
DID YOU KNOW
Sometimes the council is not able to cut grass on a verge, this could be due to:
- A parked vehicle;
- Daffodils or wild flowers in bloom;
- Decorative stones; and
- Bins left out.
There are some parish and town councils that cut grass verges on the county council's behalf.
Motorways and trunk roads are cut by Highways England.
Weeds are treated with an environmentally friendly herbicide weed killer called glyphosate, which works on contact with weeds and is harmless to humans and animals.