TRUNK CALL MAY HAVE SAVED TREES
COTTESLOE Deputy Mayor Jack Walsh may have saved three verge trees from the chainsaw by recommending wrapping their trunks with polyester to stop marauding caterpillars.
“I used to tap in a hessian collar with a hammer and euthanise of few of them painlessly with it,” Cr Walsh said at last week’s meeting.
He said it would be easier to put a polyester wrap at the bot- tom of each tree trunk that the caterpillars would not climb.
A Jarrad Street resident asked the council to remove three cape liliac trees infested by the insects each summer before they invade adjacent homes.
The council has previously felled infested cape lilacs in the town and often spays other trees affected by the insects several times.
The first major infestation was reported last summer and greater caterpillar numbers are expected after eggs were laid.
Cr Walsh said a polyester wrap meant only “10 to 15 caterpillars will get up there over summer, as opposed to 10,000 to 15,000”.
Councillors agreed to Mayor Jo Dawkins’ suggestion that resident’s neighbours be contacted for their opinions about removing the trees or a trial of the wraps before the issue is reconsidered by the council.