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Street tree planting

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Street tree planting

Street trees are one of Marrickville's most important natural assets and we are committed to maintaining and increasing our urban canopy with new tree plantings. Council aims to provide a population of healthy street trees which will beautify and define our urban environment today and for future generations. Each year we plant 400 to 600 new street trees as part of the annual street tree planting program. This program runs in the cooler months of the year, from May to September, to ensure they do not suffer heat stress and establish quickly.

We plant advanced container sized trees that are suited to the environment and use quality stock to ensure our trees get a good start in life. The Street Tree Master Plan contains more information about the types of trees that will be planted in different streets.

I would like a street tree outside my house

If you would like a street tree to be planted outside your property please email council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9392 5000 with your request and the location will be assessed by our street tree asset officer to determine if the site is suitable. You may only request a street tree for a location directly outside your property. Species selection is guided by the Street Tree Master Plan.

What can I do to help?

Street tree plantingCouncil maintains street trees, but you can help.

Water regularly

Watering is the most important thing you can do for your street tree. Newly planted trees need to be watered regularly for the first two to three years:

  • Use a standard nine litre watering can
  • Water trees twice a week in summer and once a week in winter

Maintain the mulch around the base of the tree

Mulch helps retain soil moisture, reduces competition from weeds and adds nutrient to the soil. Keep in mind that:

  • The circle needs to be slightly clear of the trunk, 50 to 75 mm high
  • Hardwood chips or leaf mulch are ideal
  • Grass clippings are NOT suitable for mulch as they produce excessive heat.
  • Keep the mulch free from weeds and grass.

Protect the tree from mower and whipper-snipper damage

Take care when mowing grass around newly planted street trees to ensure you don't damage the bark around the base of the tree. The mulch will help protect the trunk by keeping mowers and whipper snippers clear.

Tree vandalism

Damaging (includes poisoning), disturbing or removing a tree can be a breach of the NSW Local Government Act 1993, Protection of Environmental Operations Act 1997 and/or the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Anyone found to have damaged, disturbed or removed a tree without consent may be fined or prosecuted, which may result in penalties and a civil conviction.

  • Maximum Penalty imposed by Local Court: $100,000
  • Maximum on-the-spot Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) imposed on an individual: $3,000
  • Maximum on-the-spot Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) imposed on a corporation: $6,000
  • Maximum Penalty imposed by Land and Environment Court: $1.1 million.

To report any damage to public trees, please contact Council on (02) 9392 5000.