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Proper Pruning Practices

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Pruning landscape trees and shrubs is a skill requiring an artful eye and an understanding of how trees and shrubs grow and prosper. Proper pruning removes dead and diseased limbs, directs plant growth, and aids plant health. Best of all, it improves the appearance of landscape plants and beautifies a landscape. Fruit tree pruning maximizes flower and fruit production and is important in reducing disease.

The Lincoln County Master Gardeners will present its fourth spring Round Table of 2016 entitled “Proper Pruning Practices” on Thursday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Newport Library’s lower meeting room.

Certified Arborist Vern Esplin, who has more than twenty years of pruning and plant care expertise, will guide attendees through the why, how, where and when of shrub and tree pruning and will answer questions on fruit tree pruning. Esplin is an urban forester with Buena Vista Arbor Care and works throughout the Willamette Valley and the central Oregon Coast. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is looking forward to sharing it.

The “Proper Pruning Practices” Round Table is free, but those interested in attending are asked to call the OSU Extension office in Newport at 541-574-6534 (not the Library, please) to reserve seating and ensure that enough printed handouts are available.

2016 is the fifth year that the Lincoln County Master Gardener Association is sponsoring a series of free Round Table discussions oriented to gardeners and the general public. If you have gardening questions, please call or stop by the Master Gardener Help Desk at the OSU Extension office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd., Newport, 1/4 mile east of the Embarcadero.

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