Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & the Arts Weeds

We are responsible for weed control on public land, which includes roads, pavements, kerbs, grids (gully), footpaths, parks and cemeteries. Weeds can affect the overall appearance of our city as well as causing damage to surfaces, buildings and can obstruct drains. 

Weed spraying is carried out in the spring and summer months. Once an area has been sprayed, it takes roughly two to three weeks for weeds to die off.  

We do this up to three times a year, between March and October:

  • First application between March and May;
  • Second application between May to July; and 
  • Third application between July and September. 

Our teams start early in the morning so you may not always see them, and our programme is dependent upon the weather, as we don't spray when it's breezy or wet.  

Weeds are sprayed with a low toxicity herbicide (Glyphosate) which can be used safely without harming people or animals, however weeds will show through between treatments.

What we don't do 

We do not maintain land that is privately owned or the following Residential Social Landlords (RSL) land as they have their own grounds team please contact them directly:  

However, we will investigate untidy land causing an eyesore where the land owner cannot be contacted or is not responding to requests.  

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