Grass cutting, leaf clearing and weeding

Grass cutting

We are responsible for cutting the borough's roadside grass verges, as well as roundabouts and central reservations.

Grass is cut between March and October and it takes 3 to 4 weeks to complete a circuit of the borough, after which point the circuit starts again. Prolonged periods of wet weather will interrupt this schedule.

All grass areas in parks and open spaces are cut by our grounds maintenance contractors. This covers fine turf areas like bowling greens and long grass, meadow areas.

Grass areas on council housing land is maintained by our Housing Services team.


We will be applying two weed spraying treatments between June and September on our highways and pavements across the borough.

Four Trial Wards

In order to work towards reducing the amount of pesticide we are trailing different techniques in four of our wards this year, details of these trials are listed below: 

Norbiton Ward - One weed spraying treatment and manual weed removal.
Old Malden Ward - One weed spraying treatment only.
Tolworth and Hook Rise Ward - No weed spraying treatment or manual weed removal.
Surbiton Hill Ward - Manual weed removal only

Leaves on the street

During the autumn we have additional crews out, working to clear areas that have high levels of leaf fall.

We aim to keep the roads and pavements clear of slippery wet leaves. We have a leafing programme that covers roads with known high leaf fall as well as responding quickly to reports of other areas that require attention. Where we receive report of hazardous leaves we will visit to assess and arrange clearing as necessary. We do not cover clearance of leaves from private land.

You can help by

  • reporting areas that may require special leaf clearance so that we can arrange an inspection
  • not sweeping leaves onto the public highway from your property
  • collecting leaves from your property and either:

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