Verges and Street Trees
Find out about verges and street trees; including our verge herbicide program, the 2018 free verge plant program, the street tree program and how to 'keep it local' with local plant species.
Verge Herbicide and Planting Program
Environmental Services Team
Phone Work 9526 1111
Street Tree Program
There are many economic, environmental and social benefits to tree canopy cover. Trees are an important natural asset that provide shade, reduce air temperature and control stormwater flow. They also offer economic value by helping reduce energy costs and increasing property values. Studies have also shown green space to have a positive impact on mental health.
Trees are especially effective for cooling neighbourhoods and improving comfort during warm, sunny weather through evaporation and shade. Research has shown that, in hot weather, it can be up to six degrees cooler under a densely shading tree. Shade is critical for improved human thermal comfort.
Trees and plants improve people’s sense of wellbeing. The Shire’s Street Tree Program provides a number of benefits. These include, but are not limited to:
• Trees increase biodiversity
• Trees act as wind breaks
• Plants improve air quality
• Plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions
• Trees contribute to the character of our Shire
• Plants combat urban heat where temperatures build up due to lack of vegetation
• Trees increase property values
• Plants provide cooler liveable residential areas
• Trees reduce energy demands, particularly in summer due to shade
If you would like a free street tree, please email the Shire at Click here to email or call on 9526 1111. We will need to know your name, contact number and address so that Shire staff can contact you to discuss available tree types and location.
Free Verge Plant Program
The Free Verge Plant Program operates in partnership between Landcare SJ, the Roadside Care Volunteers, and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.
The application process has been streamlined to encourage all landholders in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale to apply. Residents can receive plants up to four times (conditions apply).
Application forms for the first round open June 15 and close July 30, 2019 and are available at www.landcaresj.com.au.
A voucher will be issued and must be redeemed by the expiration date at Australian Native Nurseries, 141 King Road, OAKFORD.
Nursery staff can assist landholders to choose appropriate native seedlings according to verge conditions, including soil type, weed burden and whether powerlines are present.
Additional native seedlings are available for purchase for residents to use in their front gardens in addition to their free verge plants. This encourages the presence of native species to increase connectivity for native birds and fauna.
The seedlings provided in this program are valued at $5 each, with the cost covered by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.
Seedlings are limited, get in quick!
Keeping It Local
We encourage the use of plants native to the Swan Coastal Plain wherever possible. These plants are hardy, waterwise, and in some instances even fire-resistant.