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Naturestrip Trees

Naturestrip tree

Maroondah prides itself on its leafy green environment and the abundance of canopy trees throughout the municipality.

To help maintain Maroondah’s tree canopy, Council plants thousands of new street trees throughout the municipality every year. These trees are specifically chosen for their site suitability, environmental benefits, drought resistance and ease of maintenance.

Find out more about how we select and maintain naturestrip trees:

Maroondah planting programs

Naturestrip tree planting

We run yearly planting programs to ensure that new generations of plants will keep our streetscapes, parks and reserves viable.

Information about required planting is collected throughout the year, and trees are planted during the planting season, which runs from late May until early September. We have two main planting programs for naturestrip trees: block planting and infill planting.

Block planting

The Block Planting Program ensures that all viable nature-strips in Maroondah are planted. Selected areas are audited each year and all viable nature strips are planted out the following season. By planting new generations of trees where possible, we can ensure that Maroondah will stay green when our existing street trees become unviable. As much of Maroondah’s streetscape consists of older trees that are fast reaching the end of their useful life expectancy, the planning and propagation of our future streetscape is vital.

Infill planting

The Infill Planting Program responds to residential requests for naturestrip trees and the planting out of newly developed areas. It also includes naturestrips where Council has removed a tree and a replacement is required, and streets in need of planting that are not scheduled for block planting in the near future.

Maroondah street tree selection

Naturestrip tree selection

We choose the naturestrip tree to be planted based on the size of the nature strip, the presence of power lines and the existing streetscape. Where possible, we plant indigenous species to ensure longevity of existing plant and wildlife populations.

Trees selected for planting in Maroondah must perform well in our climate and show some degree of drought tolerance. They must also meet aesthetic requirements.

Maroondah’s street tree planting species list can be divided into three classes:

Large trees

Where there is a full size naturestrip without powerlines, we usually plant full size canopy trees, which provide maximum benefits to the community.

Intermediate trees

Where the naturestrip is not large enough to support a large canopy tree and power lines are absent, we plant trees of medium size.

Small trees

Where a naturestrip is particularly small but still able to sustain a tree, or where power lines run above a nature strip, we can still create a sustainable streetscape by planting a smaller species of tree. We choose smaller trees under power lines to minimise the amount of line clearance works required in the future when our new generation of street trees reaches maturity.

Street tree data capture

To gather data about Council trees, Maroondah is divided into blocks that are reviewed consecutively over a two year period. The street tree pruning program is driven by works allocated from these data capture inspections.

Data capture also allows for long term population management as trees that are dead, have a short useful life expectancy, or an unacceptable level of risk, can be identified and managed appropriately.

Tree pruning

Line clearance and street pruning

Naturestrip trees are cleared from powerlines, roads and footpaths in accordance with Council’s Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan and Road Management Plan. Line clearance and street tree pruning works are guided by the data capture program.

Clearance requests from residents may be included in the existing works program if works are scheduled in your area in the near future. If you would like to know when your area is scheduled for block pruning please contact us on 1300 88 22 33.

Additional pruning

Faults or damage to any naturestrip tree should be reported to Council.

If a tree on the naturestrip requires urgent attention or inspection, removal or replacement, please submit a customer request online or call us on 1300 88 22 33.

Private trees

Council does not prune private trees. Overhanging branches from private properties must be maintained by the owner of that property. Where pruning is required on a significant tree, pruning should be undertaken by suitably a suitably qualified arborist. Homeowners should refrain from planting prickly, low hanging trees or shrubs adjacent to the footpath or property boundary. Remember, residents have an obligation to maintain pedestrian clearance on footpaths - see more on overhanging branches.

Council may notify a resident if pruning away from Council land is required. Where there is an issue of noncompliance, Council may complete the works, which will then be charged to the property owner.

All tree removals, including removal of private trees, must comply with the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Maroondah Planning Scheme. If you want to remove a tree please see Tree removal as you will need to apply for a Planning Permit if it is not exempt.

Naturestrip tree removal

Tree removal restrictions apply to both Council and residents - see Tree removal for permit requirements.

All tree removals must comply with the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Maroondah Planning Scheme, therefore Council is required to submit and obtain planning permit approval prior to removal of any tree that does not meet exemption requirements.

Council understands the importance of tree preservation to ensure long term canopy cover and associated benefits to the community. We will only remove trees for renewal or safety reasons, when work on the tree cannot save it.

The following are not considered valid reasons to remove a tree:

  • Trees are blocking someone’s view
  • Branches grow into adjacent properties
  • Trees are dropping leaves and fruit
  • Grass will not grow under trees
  • Trees are causing minor damage to roads and footpaths
  • Tree is dying (if the tree is dead and has environmental value, providing it is not a safety hazard, the tree may be retained as a habitat tree).

Caring for our naturestrip trees

What trees don’t like

The following hinders tree growth and should be avoided:

  • piling up lawn clippings against trunks
  • whipper snipper use, which damages bark
  • over watering
  • soil compaction (parking vehicles over the root zone)
  • poor drainage.

What you can do to help

Like most plants, trees need very little assistance from people. A little watering, especially during drought periods or during the first year of their life, is all they require to grow and thrive.

Please tell usl as soon as possible if the tree dies or has been damaged. You can submit a customer request online or call us on 1300 88 22 33

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