Nature is healing in Canberra, with drought, bushfires and smoke haze a distant memory as greenery encompasses the city.
Yet nature's extraordinary recovery has thrown a curveball at the ACT government's mowing team, which is facing one of its busiest seasons.
Transport Canberra and City Services mowing co-ordinator Jody Friend says government mowers have already completed 6000 extra hectares of mowing compared with last year.
Miss Friend said the La Nina weather pattern had kept the soil wet, and warm temperatures in the springtime had created perfect conditions for grasses and weeds.
"As a horticulturalist and as an old country girl, it's been great seeing all the green out here," she said.
"Its been great. I've seen plants that normally don't grow past a few centimetres come up to my hip - it's been extraordinary.
"Because there's so much growth, we're having to cut a lot more to try to keep on top of it."
Miss Friend said TCCS had received additional funding from the ACT government to tackle the growing issue.
The directorate employed 24 new staff members and hired extra machinery with the funding.
"At this stage [those employees'] positions are held until the end of the financial year, until the funding runs out," she said.
"Some of our timeframes have tightened up, and we're using external contractors to keep on top of the program.
"If the season stays like this we've certainly got justification to put on more staff."
Government-run mowing programs are more than an aesthetic quest.
Keeping grasses and weeds maintained assists with everything from road safety to fire protection to preserving habitat for wildlife.
While the work is hard, Miss Friend believes it's an important job for Canberra and its citizens' quality of life.
"My mowing guys out there, they're great operators - they have a lot of pride in what they do," she said.
"They've worked this season up to seven days a week with barely any rest time. They've worked up to 12 hours a day to try to get on top of things.
"They do have a little bit of fun when they can ... but this year we're all focused on getting in there and maintaining the space for the public."