Infrastructure Development Code


  1. Pruning shall be carried out on shrubs to maintain a high standard of presentation, display and plant vigour. Paths, roads and all other accessways shall be kept clear of excess growth. Pruning shall also ensure signs are not obscured.
  2. All weak, dead, diseased and damaged growth shall be removed and pruning carried out to maintain the desired shape and size.
  3. Pruning shall not be carried out during leaf burst or leaf fall.
  4. The following pruning techniques (for shrubs only) shall be employed where appropriate:
    1. Tips to be pinched or pruned as appropriate for species to give the desired shape and size.
    2. Form pruning of young plants to ensure compact form and shape.
    3. Undercutting of groundcovers at edges generally.
    4. Plants are to be pruned so that they do not smother neighbouring plants.
  5. Pruning shall be carried out to provide adequate sight lines for pedestrians and motorists at intersections and driveways.
  6. All prunings shall be removed to waste as they occur leaving the gardens and surrounding area in a clean and tidy condition.
  7. Flower heads should be removed once they are spent including, but not limited to the following species: Agapanthus, flax, grass species and Anthropodium.
  8. All tree pruning shall be undertaken by a qualified arborist or Council’s arboricultural Contractor.
  9. All garden/shrub pruning shall be undertaken by a qualified horticulturist or arborist.
  10. Where Council’s arboricultural Contractor is not utilised, details of the intended Contractor are to be supplied to Council for approval prior to commencement of works.
  11. It is recommended that all pruning shall be undertaken to recognised arboricultural practices as set out in Modern Arboriculture by Alex Shigo or for individual species the guidelines contained in the Sunset Pruning Handbook to promote the natural form and habit of the plant. Where a species is not included in the Sunset publication other approved publications may be referred to.

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