Brand new advanced Fig tree near the southern entrance planted in an empty space of lawn.

Brand new advanced Fig tree near the southern entrance planted in an empty space of lawn.

Two Booyong trees that will grow into landmarks

Two new trees that will grow into landmarks 

Marrickville Council’s upgrade of Enmore Park in Marrickville is complete & it does look very good.  Fifteen trees were on the removal list because they were either underperforming or had become a risk.  Unfortunately four of the trees were very old Port Jackson Fig trees.  It is great to see that two of the trees earmarked for removal have stayed.  One will be banded & the other had a reduction prune & some TLC with the hope that it will respond.

The trunks of the Fig trees that had hollows have been placed on the Cooks River side of Mahoney Reserve to provide habitat for wildlife as they slowly decay fertilizing the ground as they do.  They look interesting & can be seen from the shared pathway across the river, as well as in Mahoney Reserve.

Council planned to plant sixteen new trees.  I did not count them, but it is obvious that there are plenty of new trees in the park.

The size of the new trees is excellent.  They are all advanced plantings of between about 4.5-metres to 6-metres high.  Not only does this look impressive, but it will also radically reduce chances of vandalism & increase the chance of their survival.

Council staff told me that they now source trees from a different supplier & that the trees are of excellent stock.  It certainly looks like it.   Many of the trees needed removal because they were poor stock, so this is money now well spent.

Council planned to replace the trees with –

  • Port Jackson Fig (Fifcus rubiginose) x 3 trees.
  • Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) x 2 trees.
  • Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) x 2 trees
  • Smooth-bark Kauri (Agathis robusta) x 3 trees
  • Chinese Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia ‘Todd’) x 3 trees
  • Black Booyong (Argyrodendron actinophyllum) x 2 trees
  • Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimisifolia) x 1 tree

Also visually impressive is that all the grass that once grew up to the trunks of the trees in the park has been removed & now each tree is surrounded by woodchip mulch.  This will protect the trunks from mechanical damage by mowers & whipper-snippers as has happened in the past. The mulch will also feed the trees, help retain water moisture levels & keep the roots cool.

Some trees have a small circle of mulch around them, while others, particularly around the perimeter, are surrounded by a landscape of mulch.  This defines the areas around trees & helps prevent compaction.

I am not sure, but it looks like one area on the Black Street side of the park has had the ground raised & covered with mulch.  This has the effect of buffering the playground.  It may have always been raised in this section, but this is the first time I observed this.

There are also two areas where grass is being regrown & Council has planted native grasses on the outside of the south entrance.  There were also four new Banksias just inside the entrance.

I think Marrickville Council has done a great job with Enmore Park.  The new trees should make a positive difference, especially as the Kauri & Black Booyong will grow very tall & should become landmark trees in the area.   As Enmore Park is the municipality’s oldest park, it is great to see some special tree species planted.  The rest of the trees will benefit from the mulch, which looks quite attractive.  The park looks cared for now.

This area has many old Fig trees & has been an area of dry compacted dirt for as long as I can remember.  The mulch will help these trees significantly.

This area has many old Fig trees & has been an area of dry compacted dirt for as long as I can remember. The mulch will help these trees significantly.  You can see more mulch around the other Figs in the background.

Another area that was compacted dry dirt & is now an area that will protect the tree roots.

Another area that was compacted dry dirt is now an area that will protect the tree roots.

New advanced Fig to replace the large Fig tree on the Victoria Road side of the park.

New advanced Fig to replace the large Fig tree on the Victoria Road side of the park.

Jacaranda - advanced planting

Jacaranda – advanced planting

Perfect protected place to grow a tree.  I think the inner circle of plants is new.

Perfect protected place to grow a tree. I think the inner circle of plants is new.

New

New & advanced.

Another new tree in a protected area.

Another new tree in a protected area.

It doesn't look much in the photo, but mulching & planting of grasses & Banskias here at the southern entrance has made quite a difference.  It should look great when they all grow.

It doesn’t look much in the photo, but mulching & planting of grasses & Banskias here at the southern entrance has made quite a difference. It should look great when they all grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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