100 days since Armistice

Weed Control

We are responsible for weed control to over 643km of footpaths, roads and cycletracks, over 250,000m² of other hard surfaces, and 283,000m² of shrub & rose beds.

Our responsibility

We treat weeds in the following areas:

  • Public Footpaths
  • Kerbs / Channels
  • Cycletracks
  • Neighbourhood Centres
  • Residential Garage Forecourts & Compounds
  • Car Parks
  • Underpasses
  • Hard Landscaped Areas
  • Rear Access Paths
  • Shrub & Rose Beds

Please use the link on the right 'Housing Grounds Maintenance' should you wish to make a report/request or require more information about weeds within flat blocks, hostels and sheltered housing units.

We do not treat land that is:

  • Privately owned
  • On properties/estates owned by bodies other than the council

Who carries out weed control in Stevenage?

Weed control in Stevenage is carried out by specialist, qualified contractors on behalf of the council.

How is weed control carried out in Stevenage?

Weeds on hard surfaces are treated three times a year. The weed killer used is a contact herbicide. That is, it can only act on weeds that have already emerged above ground level. It is absorbed, through the leaves, into the plant causing it to die.

The benefits of this type of chemical are that it does not contaminate the soil and water table, nor will it harm wildlife or your pets.

The chemicals that local authorities are allowed to use is strictly controlled and reviewed by DEFRA (the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs).

How long does weed control take?

Because the chemical used is a contact herbicide it means that there has to be weed present and visible in order for the control to be effective. 

When the weeds are actively growing the herbicide will normally take effect within 7-10 days of being applied. During early spring or autumn it may take a little longer before the effects can be seen.

In some instances, where weeds have grown very large, we may strim them or remove them by hand.

To report a problem with weed control on hard surfaces please complete the online report form. Your report will be investigated within 5 working days and, where necessary, the teams will return to site within two weeks. However, weedkiller cannot be used when:

  • it is too windy - the herbicide could drift on to adjacent land and cause damage,
  • there is risk of rain - the herbicide would be washed off before it could be absorbed by the weed.


General Enquiry / Reporting Form

Related pages

Housing Grounds Maintenance

Contact details

Grounds Maintenance
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242323