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We fight against the weevil by treating more than 15,000 palm trees (13/09/2020)

| The Department of Urban Development and Modernization of the Administration is carrying out the pruning work of more than 15,000 palm trees in the municipality | Protection against the weevil is essential for the Murcia City Council, and specifically for the Department of Urban Development and Modernization of the Administration led by José Guillén, which is carrying out phytosanitary treatments, intensifying its fight against the weevil. In this way, phytosanitary treatments have been developed for several months in the palm trees of the municipality, mainly at night, to avoid any possible problem to people, animals and traffic when carrying out the work.The Park and Garden Service is reviewing and pruning the more than 15,000 palm trees throughout the municipality.The pruning tasks in Phoenix dactylifera palm trees are carried out before the treatments, to reduce the problems that their fruits cause such as dirt, pedestrian slips, red weevil, as well as a greater stylization and beauty of these giants of the sky.The pruning activities have been carried out for several weeks under the supervision of a technician specialized in large specimens.In order to carry out a correct pruning at the top of these specimens, both lifting baskets and the climbing system are used, without any of these means causing any damage to the specimens."Our green areas, parks and gardens in the municipality have to be in perfect condition so that residents can enjoy them at any time of year.

They become meeting and leisure spaces and have to guarantee the safety of young and old who walk through them every day "has highlighted José GuillénMore than 15,000 palm trees are checked and pruned in the municipality of Murcia to make them look in all their splendorThese works consist of eliminating the dry palms, as well as the fruits that may fall onto the public thoroughfare and be a nuisance for pedestrians.

They are being carried out by various teams made up of more than a dozen people, and it is scheduled to last until next November.Although the work will take place throughout the municipality of Murcia, some of the places where there is a greater concentration of palm trees are the Palmeral de Santiago and Zaraiche, Espinardo, the neighborhood of La Paz, Lobosillo, among many others."During these months, the pruning of one of the most notable elements of the green areas, the palm trees, is being carried out.

They are unique trees in the history of Murcia and the objective of this action is to guarantee the correct development of the palm trees and the safety of the residents of the municipality, which is our priority ", highlighted José Guillén.20 meter palm trees The palm trees, of the Phoenix canariensis and Phoenix dactylifera species, as well as Washingtonia, are being pruned by professionals who have all the necessary safety measures for the development of these tasks and complying with the strictest regulations on occupational risk prevention.The palm trees are, for the most part, large, reaching between 15 and 20 meters in height, for which numerous human and material resources are being used, such as fifteen palm trees, an octopus truck, as well as a lifting basket.Specifically, the ascent to the palm trees will be carried out using the safety rope and harness system. Special attention is also paid to other trees in the municipality, specifically those known as singular.

These inspections are carried out by external specialists and municipal technicians, who pay special attention to the heat waves that the municipality suffers, since the high temperatures affect the trees, specifically the ficus due to their large size.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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