For Immediate Release
Date: April 12, 2013
With most of the annual blooms now over, City of Savannah Park and Tree crews will begin annual azalea pruning on Monday, April 15. Work on Monday begins in Forsyth Park, where some azaleas have become overgrown, blocking walkways and views of the park. Most Forsyth azaleas will be pruned with the exception of those that have been recently installed or pruned.
The public should note that some Forsyth azaleas will be cut back significantly, particularly near the playgrounds, intersecting sidewalks, and around the park perimeter. This will allow pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicle drivers to be more aware of one another and allow public safety officers to better monitor activities in the park.
Generally, the large azaleas are pruned about once every four years, and respond very well. If pruned properly at the right time, the azaleas will flush out with new leaves shortly after pruning and will bloom the following year.
Other major azalea pruning scheduled for 2013 include the Bay Street Strand, Daffin Park and a portion of Bonaventure Cemetery.