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Ground and verge maintenance

We provide a grounds maintenance service on areas which are maintained by the Council.  You can view these areas on the maintained open space map.

Grass cutting

We aim to cut grass areas in parks, open spaces, housing estates and burial grounds every fortnight, weather permitting.

Grass verges outwith the 30 mph speed restriction roads are cut once per year and in amenity areas, more frequently.

In certain areas grass cutting is carried out at a reduced level, promoting a contrast between highly maintained areas and the development of biodiversity areas to promote the protection of flora and fauna. Some burial grounds that are no longer operational are maintained on an ad-hoc-basis.

Shrub beds

Shrub beds are pruned during over the winter period.  We prioritise those beds next to footpaths and on sight-lines.  Only in exceptional circumstances such as blocked footways or traffic visibility reasons will we prune during the growing season.


Hedges will be cut outwith the birds nesting season. Hedges will be once a year.

Weed killing

We carry out routine treatment to eliminate weeds twice a year on some Council maintained land, including roads, pavements, kerbs and greenspaces such as parks and play areas.

It can take 2-3 weeks for the weeds to die but this process takes longer in cooler weather.

What you should know about invasive weeds

Giant Hogweed

  • Avoid contacting this weed as the sap can cause irritation to the skin.  The icon hogweed briefing note [206Kb] provides information about this weed and how to identify it.
  • Giant hogweed on Council land - Report this by phoning the Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476  or email
  • Giant hogweed on private land - Please contact the landowner direct as we are unable to take action on ground not owned by PKC.

Japanese Knotweed

  • This weed cannot be dug up because the smallest piece left in the ground will re-grow.
  • Knotweed stems and roots must be taken to an approved commercial tip for handling.  Unfortunately the Council does not provide disposal facilities for Knotweed.
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) provides guidance on controlling Japanese Knotweed.


  • Ragwort can be a real concern to horse owners.  We will not allow ragwort to spread from Council owned land.  However, when there is also a ragwort problem on land adjacent to Council owned land, we will ask the owners to deal with their ragwort at the same time.

Reports of all types of invasive Non-Native Species can be made via the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Contact details

Community Greenspace

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476