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Pruning Workshop

Pruning Workshop

Date(s) - Saturday January 23
9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Nature Institute

Who should attend: Homeowners, landowners, Master Gardeners and Naturalists, professionals in landscaping, students, educators, and enthusiasts.

Why pruning is necessary:
Pruning young trees is one of the most important actions you can take to help them thrive in the built environment. Whether in your backyard, on your front sidewalk, or in your neighborhood park, shaping young trees through proper pruning practices will help them grow healthy and strong, and prevent potential problems in the future. Pruning is an art and a science, and it can often be challenging at first. But practice makes perfect!

Join Ken Wheat, a Missouri Master Gardener and Illinois Master Naturalist. Ken has worked with the Missouri Botanical Garden on pruning both trees and shrubs and several years of hands on experience under the watchful eyes of some very expert horticulturalist there too.

A former teacher, Ken will start the workshop inside at Talahi Lodge as he share tips of selecting proper tools and what are the best methods that will help you avoid future problems. Afterwards, we will head out to the Mississippi Sanctuary Arboretum to practice pruning. Equipment and reference materials will be provided.

During this Pruning Workshop we will cover important lessons such as:

  • Evaluating a tree’s natural form and enhancing it through pruning
  • Determining the proper cuts using the 3 Ds: Dead, Damaged, and Diseased
  • Making the cut: Removing branches safely while doing the least possible harm to the tree

What to bring: any pruning equipment, pictures of specimens you need help with, gloves, dress for weather.

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