WVU Extension Service in Roane County along with the West Central Extension Master Gardener Association is offering a tree pruning workshop at the Roane County Courthouse on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, beginning in the commission meeting room with an overview of pruning techniques by Brandy Brabham, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent from West Virginia University serving in Roane County.

Hands-on pruning demonstrations will be offered on the courthouse lawn immediately following the overview. This workshop is free and open to the public regardless of county residency. Pre-registration is not required.

Most of the course and demonstration will take place outdoors, so participants are urged to dress for the weather conditions.

Proper pruning will improve the health, appearance, and productivity of your trees. Have you ever watched a professional prune a tree or shrub and wondered, "Why did he make that cut in that spot?, or Why did he switch the pruners from his right to left hand?, or When does he choose a pruning saw instead of loopers?, or How does he make these decisions so quickly?" Brabham will answer these questions and will cover numerous types pruning cuts.

She will discuss pruning as part of the overall management and will field questions from participants. Key tips on the proper timing of pruning and how pruning can be used with other management techniques to fight disease will also be offered.

Local Extension Master Gardeners will also be available to offer tips on successful pruning. For more information or to pre-register, contact the WVU Extension Office in Roane County at 304-927-0975.

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