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80 tonnes of mulch were created after the tree pruning of the Ficus in Triq Sciortino in Ħaż-Żebbuġ.
Explaining in a post on Facebook, the locality’s local council said that the leaves and branches were collected and repurposed into mulch.
Mulch is a type of compost which prevents soil erosion, keeps moisture in the ground, helps prevent weed growth and helps soil maintain an even temperature.
The local council explained that the mulch which will help in improving the quality of the soil and the trees, would be used to cover the soil where there are trees in Ħaż-Żebbuġ.
In a longer Facebook post, independent local councillor for Ħaż-Żebbuġ Steve Zammit Lupi explained in detail the pruning process to the residents. While pruning the Ficus trees, the workers found various dead tree branches. The pruning is aimed at creating a new canopy.
Zammit Lupi explained that the Ficus benjamina is not an indigenous tree and is known for its rapid growth. The trees which were pruned earlier this year, were planted by Ħaż-Żebbuġ primary school children at the end of the 1950s.
The independent local councillor stressed that the pruning was carried out with the necessary permit and that the trees can be enjoyed once again in a few months. The council had come under fire for the way the trees were pruned.