What should I consider when planting trees and shrubs?
- How big the trees will be when fully grown and will they damage the home or paths.
- Where the trees should be planted - They should be planted at least three metres away from the house and be clear of sewerage, stormwater and service pipes.
- Plant trees native to your area to encourage bird life and plant shrubs that provide colour in your garden.
Prune the trees to keep them from intruding on your neighbours' property.
Can I remove trees?
First contact your nearest Housing Service Centre for advice and/or approval.
You should also contact your local council in case there are tree preservation orders in your area.
How should I care for my yard?
- Keep your lawn mowed and lawn and garden edges neat.
- Remove any rubbish from your yard.
- Water your garden regularly but remember local council watering restrictions may apply.
- Remove weeds from your garden.
- Keep bushes and trees pruned and clear of your home and public footpaths.
- Keep bushes and trees away from your doors and windows to improve visibility and reduce hiding spots for intruders.
How can I be water-wise in my garden?
- Follow your local council's rules relating to water usage.
- Water plants in the early morning or late evening to reduce water evaporation.
- Remove weeds from your garden as they take water off your plants.
- If you use a sprinkler, use a timer.
- Mulch your garden to reduce water evaporation.
Will I be charged for excess water use?
If your property is individually metered and your local council charges for excess water usage, the department will pay this amount to the local council. The department will then send a letter requesting that you pay back the amount for excess water charges to the department. Contact the department if you need further details about excess water charges that may affect you.