12 January 2015 Hot Summer Impacts on Mowing

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12 January 2015 Hot Summer Impacts on Mowing

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 as possible.

 

“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 cuts.

 

“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.”