A bumper growing season is giving Council more
grass-cutting challenges than has been usual at this time of year, but we would
like to reassure residents that the mowing of reserves is being done as quickly
“Good rainfall from afternoon summer storms,
combined with high temperatures and humidity, to provide excellent growing
conditions for grasses across the city reserves.
Anyone with a lawn will know only too well just how
fast their own lawns are growing after being cut,” said Mick Raby, Council’s
Director Sustainable Infrastructure.
“During this busy holiday time of year, Council has
to prioritise the mowing of reserves which have the highest levels of use –
places like family recreation and picnic reserves along our coastal areas, as
well children’s playground grass areas. Unfortunately, this can sometimes result in
lower-use residential reserves and roadside areas being left for longer between
“However, as well as mowing as many areas as we
can, Council is actively undertaking a targeted ‘wick-wiping’ of some of our
residential area reserves to target the tall weed grasses that grow quickly and
can make a reserve look overgrown and untidy.”
The application used
is Roundup Weedmaster Duo which is frog-friendly and is applied using a
'wick-wiper'. This tool, which is attached to a tractor, wipes the control
agent onto the leaf and stem of the plant at a height of around twenty centimetres.
Once applied, the agent is absorbed by the weed and moves down through the target
plant right through to the roots.
“As a part of our ongoing search for efficiencies,
Council has found wick-wiping to be a very effective way of controlling weeds
between mows,” added Mr Raby.
“Our aim remains to provide the community with the
highest standard of reserves that we can. In the meantime, we would ask for the
community’s patience and understanding.”