Around four times a year, spray contractors spray weeds on roadside verges but landowners can opt out of the service and maintain their own road frontage.
The Waikato District Council, which employs the spray contractors, also maintains a “No Spray” Register.
It’s a record of property owners or residents who have requested the council not spray the area surrounding their property.
To be added to this register, you must agree to meet certain conditions regarding the alternative maintenance of your property frontage.
For a no-spray register application form and more information click here to visit the council website.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining the grassed area in front of their property to ensure that the area does not become a fire or vermin hazard.
During the course of the year, the council’s contractors also maintain every berm immediately alongside the edge of the road, either by mowing or pruning as well as spraying.
As part of its ongoing roadside maintenance programme, the council operates a weed-spraying contract to control vegetation around roadside objects. This spraying keeps the road drainage systems clear and operational, helps to eradicate noxious and undesirable plants and in many cases maintains clear line of sight on corners. In addition, it is used to create a clear area around signs, posts and other street constructions so that the mowing contractor does not have to manoeuvre too close and thus risk damage.
The spraying programme complements the mowing contract and together they keep the roadsides clear and operational.
Spraying frequency varies in different areas, but generally occurs four times a year.