Greater Shepparton’s council is set to start a tree planting blitz across the next six weeks, starting tomorrow.
About 1000 new, advanced street trees will be planted up to the end of next month, bringing the financial year total to 1500 new trees.
The first 500 for the financial year were planted in August.
A $300000 commitment was made to trees in this financial year’s budget, not including the One Tree Per Child program.
A further $300000 is allocated to street trees in the 2018-19 draft budget.
‘‘The target for the 2018-19 financial year will be 1500 trees and planting will begin in May 2019,’’ a council statement said.
The 1000 new trees to be planted from tomorrow will go to nature strips across the municipality, as part of the council’s combined annual street tree renewal program and Urban Forest Strategy.
The annual tree planting takes place between May and September.
It is part of the council’s horticultural maintenance program aimed at ensuring trees mature into ‘‘healthy and structurally sound trees’’.
The council budgeted more than $1million for tree maintenance on council-managed property this financial year.
An audit done during development of the Urban Forest Strategy, which aimed to provide a 40 per cent canopy cover across the city, identified streets where trees were required.
The annual tree planting program makes use of that detail, while also considering new estates and areas where more trees are needed.
Council’s parks manager Heath Chasemore said the organisation also planted trees in existing and new residential development areas.
‘‘Council undertakes extensive monitoring of new trees for the first two years with watering and maintenance by which stage they are usually well established,’’ Mr Chasemore said.
He said it was great if residents could provide the trees with a bucket of water if needed.
‘‘Tree planting is conducted during the cooler months of the year and the trees we choose are advanced street trees specially grown and selected to suit our local climate,’’ he said.
‘‘Some are chosen specifically for planting under power lines so they do not cause maintenance issues when they are fully grown.’’