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Grounds maintenance update - July 2013

Release Date: 13-Jul-2013
Thank goodness for some better weather! Last summer we even struggled to get on top of the grass.
A Kirklees garden

A Kirklees garden

At this time generally standards are being maintained and we even managed to get in early with some grass cuts before the snow fell in March. The quad bike weed spraying team continues to spray the streets and open spaces across Kirklees.

Weeding of planted areas

At the time we would have been applying weed killerand weeding planted areas, we had to change mode to dealing with the late and heavy snow fall in March. As a result we have had some weedy beds that we are tackling. This is a particular problem in new beds as when ground is cultivated, old weed seeds germinate and keeping the ground in check is difficult.

Hedge Cutting

The warmer weather is promoting strong growth of hedges and enquiries are flooding in asking when we will be cutting them. We have over 1,500 hedges to get through and they can’t all be done at once so cutting is scheduled from mid July to the end of August.

Long grass on bulb areas

The late start of Spring meant that the cheerful bulbs were a bit slower to deliver their colourful displays and as a result the grass has needed to be left uncut for longer to allow the bulbs to regenerate for next year. Grass in these areas will now be cut back over the next couple of weeks.

If you have budgets available, now is the time for placing orders if you would like to have bulbs on your estate for next spring.

As always we need your help in bringing to our attention any problems or where standards are not being met.

Also where shrubberies or trees have overgrown, or there are problems with litter, flytipping or anti-social behaviour please let us know.

You can contact your “Get the Site right” inspector or register your enquiry through 01484 414700 or by email on grounds.maintenance@kirklees.gov.uk