Trees and verge maintenance | City of Fremantle

Trees and verge maintenance


Integrated weed management program

The City is responsible for maintaining public open space inclusive of parks, gardens, road reserves, foreshore reserves, bushland reserves and undeveloped lands. Weed control is undertaken to:

  • Maintain the amenity of public open space
  • Ensure the survival of desirable plant species to maintain biodiversity
  • Maintain the aesthetics of the City to the standard the community expect
  • Manage fire fuel loads

The City utilises a range of treatment methods as part of a holistic and integrated approach to its weed management responsibilities. The selection of weed control is based on the target species, desired outcome and site location. Treatment methods may include:

  • Manual control by hand-pulling.
  • Suppression through mulching and planting.
  • Mechanical control such as mowing and slashing.
  • Chemical free control by hydro-thermal (steam).
  • Chemical control (herbicide).

The City has a chemical reduction approach to weed management and is trialling alternative treatments to test effectiveness. If they are successful, they are integrated into the City’s weed management program.

Overhanging vegetation

Trees, shrubs and vines obstructing pedestrians along footpaths from private property should be reported to the City to reduce risk to footpath users. The City will request for residents to prune or remove vegetation. Please contact our parks and landscape team on 08 9432 9999.

Verge tree pruning guidelines

Street trees are pruned for the following reasons: 

  • Ensure clearance from overhead power lines (visit the Western Power verge tree pruning page for details of upcoming works in your area)
  • Allow unobstructed pedestrian and vehicle movement
  • Ensure clear traffic sightlines
  • Improve tree form and health
  • Remove dead, dying diseased or pest infested branches
  • To define tree form and structure
  • Other reasonable requests for extra pruning will be considered

Street trees will not be pruned to:

  • Improve views
  • reduce leaf or fruit litter, bark drop, bird droppings or similar
  • reduce height without a justifiable arboriculture cause
  • reduce shade

Removal of street trees is not permitted without approval from council. Requests for removal of street trees will only be approved where the City's tree planting and preservation policy permits. Contact our parks and landscape team on 08 9432 9999 if you require any further information.

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