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Distressed trees cause concern

Several crepe myrtles on Anzac Ave are believed to be in danger of dying from a possible lack of watering.

JENNA BISHOP January 16, 2014 4:09am

Lynne Morgan stands with one of distressed crepe myrtle trees on Anzac Ave.

A lack of water has caused concern for a line of trees along Anzac Ave, with several of the three-year-old crepe myrtles in danger of dying.

Seymour’s Lynne Morgan walks past the trees, behind the Seymour VRI Bowls Club, every day and said some of them were starting to look a little distressed.

When the Telegraph visited the trees last Friday, several were looking a little worse for wear with bare branches and dying leaves.

‘‘I figure they’re beautiful trees and they’re on one of the main thoroughfares in and out of Seymour,’’ Ms Morgan said.

‘‘If they’re left to die, it’s a waste of ratepayers’ money.’’

Ms Morgan said the lack of watering was a concern, especially with several days of extremely hot weather forecast for this week.

‘‘They’re tough as boots (once they mature) but they need a chance to get established,’’ she said.

Ms Morgan said she had phoned Mitchell Shire Council about her concerns on Monday last week, and a council representative said a report would be submitted to the Parks and Gardens department.

On Wednesday, a layer of mulch had been placed around the trees, but Ms Morgan said she believed they still hadn’t been watered.

Mitchell Shire Council operations manager Shane Power said as three-year-old trees, the crepe myrtles were on a monthly watering cycle.

‘‘Council aims to water trees planted in the last year weekly, those planted two years ago are watered fortnightly and those planted three years ago are on a monthly watering cycle. This of course is dependent on weather conditions, i.e. if it rains the watering is decreased,’’ he said.

Mr Power said council would be continuing its tree-watering program during the summer months and had mulched and places watering cones around the trees to assist in maintaining their health.

Ms Morgan said it wasn’t the first time erratic watering had caused concern for the trees.

When the trees were first planted, she would take buckets of water from home with a friend to water the trees, which she said weren’t being watered.

She contacted Mitchell Shire Council and Cr Bill Melbourne, who’d also had similar complaints, and eventually the trees were watered.

Two trees have already been pulled out after one was vandalised and the other was runover by a vehicle.

Mr Power said the trees will be replaced as weather conditions allow.

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