Grass maintenance

Grass cutting in Kent is cut to a schedule set at the beginning of the year. We keep to the schedules quite closely and do not change the order of when verges are mowed.

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Throughout Kent we cut 3 types of grass; rural, urban and grass adjacent to road junctions.

Find out if we maintain the grass near you by using our online reporting tool.

If the grass is not maintained by us, it is likely to be either district council, parish council or housing association.

Location of grassWhat we cutWhen we cut
Rural grass We cut a 900mm (3 foot) strip next to the road edge using a tractor mounted mower. A cut between May and September to maintain highway safety.
Urban grass Grass located next to roads or footpaths, normally within the town or village centre and 30 mph limit. Cut between March and October (about once every 5 weeks) to maintain highway safety.

In urban grass areas, we wait until 6 weeks after the flowering period before cutting spring flowers, such as daffodils, so they will grow the following year.
Visibility areas Grass that is adjacent to a road junction and is within the sight line for drivers turning in or out. Cut between April and October (about every 2 months) to maintain highway safety.

If overgrown grass is causing visibility issues for road users, report it online.

We do not collect cuttings following mowing, but they should be spread evenly over the surface. Any cuttings on the footpaths or roads after mowing will be blown back onto the verge and obstacles like streetlights strimmed around.

This may not happen on the same day as a different team will do this. We do not collect cuttings due to extra costs of equipment and disposal.

Rural grass

Rural grass is cut between May and September to maintain highway safety. We cut a 900mm (3ft) strip next to the road edge using a tractor mounted mower.

Find out how we cut local rural grass (swathe cutting) and how you can help our operatives.

Urban grass

Grass located next to roads or footpaths, normally within the town or village centre and around 30mph zones, are cut between March and October (about once ever 5 weeks). This timescale allows us to maintain highway safety.

Find out from our team the process of cutting urban grass

Visibility grass

Grass that is adjacent to a road junction and is within the sight line for drivers turning in or out, is cut between April and October. We aim to cut any grass that may affect the visibility of road junctions every 2 months to maintain highway safety.

Find out from one of our operatives how we make sure Kent drivers can see clearly by cutting back overgrown verges.

Roadside Nature Reserves (RNR)

In Kent there are roadside nature reserves to encourage wildlife and plants. These nature reserves are managed in line with the Kent Wildlife Trust guidelines and may have different cutting programmes.

Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

We manage verges near SSSI for wildlife and these will normally be cut at the end of year when wild flowers have died back.

Wildflowers

We look after wildflowers on rural verges. Where possible we allow wildflowers to die back before mowing. This may not always be possible if safety is an issue.

Bulbs

In urban grass areas we wait until 6 weeks after the flowering period before cutting spring flowers, such as daffodils, so they will grow the following year. These are cut in our planned grass schedule. While the flowers are dying back the grass will be left uncut and so may become quite long and appear untidy.

Bee roads

We are working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust to identify where we can delay cutting verges and encourage population growth of good pollinator plants to help create or safeguard habitats for bees. We will usually cut these verges in the autumn.

We do not collect litter; this is the responsibility of the district council who have regular programmes of street cleansing.

Where roads are considered to be high speed (normally dual carriageways with a speed limit of 50mph or more) we arrange for lane closures to take place so that we can carry this out safely, alternatively we will also arrange for these to be cut during the night time to minimise disruption to road users.

High speed roads receive an annual maintenance visit. During these works we will also trim hedges and clear vegetation if it is required.

Find out how we coordinate with other highway departments and district councils to cut back vegetation on our high speed roads, and how you can help maintain the safety of our staff.

We manage the maintenance of off road cycle tracks and the clearance of vegetation along routes to allow their use by bicycles. These routes are normally away from main roads and travel across rural areas.

We maintain the vegetation within cycle routes during May and again in September to keep them clear.

We do not maintain public right of way paths, please report this online.

If a vehicle is causing an obstruction on a grass verge or pavement, you need to report this issue to your district council enforcement team.

To report damage to the verge, please report this online.

Grass cutting

If you would like to cut the grass more often than we can, this is okay provided it can be carried out safely.

Grass cuttings can be left evenly spread over the mown verge or disposed of with your lawn cuttings. Please do not pile them on the verge or leave them where they can block drains or ditches.

If you do see a build up of litter please report this to the district council so that this can be cleared before the grass cutting commences.

Bulbs and wildflowers

If you would like to plant bulbs such as daffodils and crocus in verges, please contact us beforehand. By telling us, we can try and make sure the verges are not cut until after the flowering period.