Maintenance of public housing

Garden responsibilities

Depending on the type of housing you live in, there are certain garden areas that are your responsibility to maintain - eg front and backyards.

The type of maintenance you may need to do to keep your garden areas tidy includes:

  • mowing lawns
  • watering
  • controlling weed growth
  • trimming shrubs, climbers and small trees.

If you don't know what garden areas you're responsible for contact Housing SA.

How Housing SA can help

Horticultural advice

A Housing SA horticultural representative can visit your property and give you advice on:

  • the garden areas you are responsible for
  • the type of garden work Housing SA will do
  • developing and maintaining your garden.

This free service is available by contacting Housing SA maintenance.

Communal areas

Housing SA maintains common areas in groups of units such as walk-up flats, cottage flats and villa flats. The residents must keep these communal areas clean and free of obstacles.

In these common areas Housing SA will look after:

  • lawns
  • garden beds
  • concreted areas
  • irrigation
  • trees.

Private areas

Housing SA will provide help by:

  • treating extensive toxic weeds and shrubs - eg caltrop, three corner jacks
  • removing or pruning dead or diseased trees of large shrubs
  • removing or pruning trees or large shrubs that have been assessed as a danger to you, your home or the sewerage systems
  • responding to damage caused by nature - eg storm damage.

For help with these issues contact Housing SA maintenance. When a tree needs to be pruned or removed, Housing SA will:

What Housing SA will not do

Housing SA does not supply these materials or services:

  • lawn seed
  • trees and shrubs
  • sleepers
  • gravel
  • mulch, pine bark or woodchips
  • poison
  • fertiliser
  • paving or concrete slabs
  • dripper installation
  • lawn cutting or edging
  • construction or retaining walls
  • cutting or regular pruning of trees and shrubs
  • reconstruction or landscaping of tenant-maintained front and backyards.

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Page last updated 22 November 2017

Provided by:
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
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Last Updated:
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