© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
City worker Ryan Cox trims some hedges at the edge of Crescent Park on Thursday.
Before throwing out plants no longer wanted in the yard, phone the parks and recreation department.
The department began the program Recycle Your Greenery a few years ago and now is an ideal time for the city to move plants.
“Let’s say you’re clearing out your bed and you’ve got some perennials that you don’t want. Instead of throwing them in the garbage you can give me a call,” said parks gardener Daily Lennox. “I’ll come look at them and if we can use them, we’ll take them and plant them somewhere on city property.”
She said there are guidelines the plants must adhere to under the program. Trees with a trunk diameter of more than 16 centimeters measured at ground level and overgrown shrubs can’t be moved. Large trees must also be accessible by a large mechanical tree spade.
“A lot of people, what they do nowadays is they buy cedars or junipers in pots and use that all summer long to decorate their patios or their decks and then come fall they don’t have a place to plant these. I would take them and plant them somewhere,” said Lennox.
The plants also need to be disease-free and have at least a 70 per cent chance of survival after being relocated to a public green space in the city.
“I’m not going to come and dig up some half-dead little tree or whatever. That’s not going to happen either. So it’s got to be a healthy shrub or tree and something that we can use,” said Lennox.
“If you took a mature lilac bush, I’m not going to take it because, first of all, trying to dig that up is going to be next to impossible and we’d end up by the amount of roots that we’d cut we’d probably kill it.”
She said people can donate plants that have outgrown space or are planted too close together. Donated plants from the program have been used in parks and cemeteries in the city.
“It works. We’ve picked up a lot of plants this way and a lot of trees,” said Lennox. “We’ve done it in the fall because it’s also when we have the time to do it because I’m the one basically who ends up coming to collect the stuff.
“It’s a good time to plant stuff in the fall too because you just get it in the ground, you water it (and) it’s good (to) go next spring.”
To donate greenery to the city call Lennox at 306-694-4439 or visit www.moosejaw.ca.
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