Director of Public Works
- Basin Management
- Tree Trimming
In an effort to develop more environmentally sound landscape models for a healthier community while decreasing the Township’s expense of mowing, the Township started naturalizing some basins in 2006.
Benefits of the naturalization program include:
- More birds and wildlife will be in the area due to new habitat and food provided by the meadow
- Reduce the high maintenance cost of regular mowing
- Reduce runoff pollutants and improve water quality leaving the basin
- Reduce downstream flooding
- Enhance drinking water aquifer recharge
- More naturalized basins allow for the re-colonization of predatory insects that can lessen the mosquito and tick population
The naturalization process includes the following steps:
- Application of Roundup Pro – kills lawn type grasses (information on product available at the Township building)
- Dead grass will be removed
- Spread wildflower seed mix
Mowing is performed by both the Public Works Department and the Parks and Recreation Department. The Public Works Department is responsible for mowing the large areas with a flail type mower. The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the manicured areas.
Warwick Township has adopted a “Go Green” mowing initiative that is designed for those basins not planned for naturalization and certain Open Space areas. This initiative includes mowing designated areas 2-3 times annually. You will notice basins and open space being left to grow naturally for a longer time before they are mowed. We will only mow the tops of basins. We will continue to mow trails, pavillions, restroom areas, benches and Park playing fields.
According to the EPA, a traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollution as 43 new cars each being driven 12,000 miles. Mowing an average residential property produces as much air pollution as driving a car 200 miles.
Gas mowers emit hydrocarbons (smog), particulate matter (respiratory problems), Carbon Monoxide (poisonous gas), Carbon Dioxide (global warming). In addition, by mowing less, we reduce the possibility of fuel spills.
In addition to the environmental advantages, this policy will enhance our ability to best utilize and retain our funding for the residents of Warwick Township and improve the safety for our maintenance employees, due to the severe slopes of some of the basins we currently maintain.
We appreciate your understanding as Warwick Township does its part to help the environment and our world.
The Public Works Department is actively clearing overgrown vegetation from the Right of Way, signage and site triangles. Trees are trimmed or removed as required to ensure safe passage of vehicles and to avoid potential damage to Township snow removal equipment. Our Public Works staff receives training from a certified arborist to ensure the continued health of the vegetation. Residents are permitted to trim vegetation within the Right of Way and are encouraged to do so if there is any concern regarding the aesthetics of the roadway. Please keep in mind that trash trucks and snow plow equipment require a minimum 14 foot clearance.
If a resident identifies an area of concern, please contact the Administrative Office to report the location.
The Public Works Department conducts ongoing inspections of drainage swales within the Township. Periodic Excavation and Cleaning is necessary to insure proper flow and eliminate backup and/or flooding.
The Public Works department annually installs wood carpet at the Township Park locations to ensure the ongoing saftey of our children.