Annual tree planting program underway

Council will plant more than 300 trees throughout the Macedon Ranges Shire in coming months as part of its annual tree planting program.

The trees will be planted in nature strips in several towns as part of the program.

The advanced trees are a mix of native and exotic species and are more than 1.5 metres tall.

Before planting, Council staff will inspect all street tree-planting sites to check that the trees are a suitable species for each location.

The tree planting program is conducted between May and September as this is the optimal time for planting, to give the trees the best chance of survival. All trees are selected from Council’s preferred species list.

Council staff will care for and maintain the trees during the first two years to ensure they mature into healthy and structurally sound trees. A regular watering program will be conducted, particularly during the warmer months.

Residents will be encouraged to help water the trees in hot weather. They will be provided with a bucket and an information brochure explaining how to look after the trees.

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