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W.F. Parks & Rec Workers Focusing on Saving City Trees

Despite no watering because of Stage 4 water restriction, Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation crews are still busy preserving city trees.
Stage 4 water restrictions may have stopped Wichita Falls parks employees from watering city trees but officials say they still have plenty to do each day. The city has numerous mature trees and more than 20,000 young trees around town.

Crews have not been able to water them since October 16th when Stage 4 water restriction started. So, to keep the 35 winter parks and recreation employees busy. officials say they now focus their efforts on preserving city trees without water.

"Mostly, that involves spreading mulch around trees.  We're doing selective pruning where we can.  We're removing trees that have clearly died and the mulch that we generate from those trees we're spreading around the trees that remain," says Jack Murphy, director of Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation Department.

Murphy says the drip irrigation helped preserve city trees before Stage 4 water restrictions began. He says only about 5% of the city's trees have died because of the drought.
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