Sometimes we aren’t able to cut grass on a verge, this could be due to:
A parked vehicle
Daffodils or wild flowers in bloom
Bins left out
Our grass cutting teams log missed cuts and where possible we return to missed areas, however we have a set programme to follow so it's not always possible and instead it will be picked up on the next scheduled cut. Please remember we cut for safety purposes not for aesthetic reasons.
Our 7 gangs cut the equivalent of nearly 23 full sized football pitches a day. The amount of clippings means we couldn't collect them, and leaving them is also good for the environment. Grass clippings add nutrients back into the soil, prevent some weeds and preserves moisture, helping keep grass healthy and green. Our cutting teams use equipment to blow cuttings onto the verge, but this can sometimes be made harder by weather conditions.
In larger areas we divide the grass cutting routes into zones which mean some streets / roads fall on different days. For example Loughborough takes 15 days so it's divided into 15 different zones. This applies to other large areas such as Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Market Harborough etc. So when you notice other nearby verges have been cut your verge is likely to be cut soon.
Grass cutting is very dependent on the weather. In the same way that you would struggle to cut your lawn whilst it is raining, long wet grass can clog up the blades in our tractors and mowers. Long grass also tends to flatten a little when it's wet, so it's more difficult for the cutting heads to cut the grass to a consistent height. As the weather improves so will the quality of cut.