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Council’s Parks and Gardens team get Southern Downs ready to bloom

Warwick residents may spot Council’s officers hard at work pruning the city’s trees during the month of August in preparation for the warmer months.  

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Parks and Garden team will undertake pruning on Warwick’s Crepe Myrtles and will also select prune remaining species where required. 

The pruning will begin on 30 July and occur across two stages for a period of six to eight weeks, weather permitting, and will be undertaken by six SDRC Parks and Gardens Officers.

SDRC Parks and Gardens Team Leader, David Webster said it is vital the pruning work is carried out to prolong the life of local trees.

“Many trees have excess deadwood, large splits, crossing limbs, mistletoe and suckers,” he said.

“Staff will work to reduce the size of the trees and the trees will have a similar finished height with most where possible.

“Parks and Gardens Officers will be using chainsaws and a chipper so residents should expect some level of noise while pruning works are being completed.”

Council’s winter pruning program may include other species of trees if required and all green waste produced during the pruning process will be reused once it is mulched in Council’s chipper.

One of the world’s best flowering trees, the Crepe Myrtle can grow from one to eight metres tall, depending on species, and grows distinct pink, mauve, red, white flowers in the summer months.

Crepe myrtles can be heavily pruned in winter to encourage the development of long, arching branches of flowers.

The works are a part of Council’s ongoing commitment to the continual beautification of parks, gardens and open spaces across the region.

For more information on the scheduled works being undertaken by the Parks and Gardens team, contact Southern Downs Regional Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

Media Contact: Julia Baker - 0429 430 250 or sdrcmedia@sdrc.qld.gov.au

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SDRC's Parks and Gardens team will be out and about in the coming weeks pruning trees and bushes in preparation for the warmer months. 

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