Help trees and shrubs grow their best with timely cuts
Pruning shrubs and trees properly helps them stay healthy and strong. Kathy Morrison
“Pruning with Purpose” tackles the whys as well as the how. Set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, this free workshop offered by the City of Roseville uses as examples trees and shrubs at Mahany Fitness Center’s courtyard and patio.
“What's the key to developing healthy, strong, and attractive trees and shrubs? Pruning, of course!” say the organizers. “A local arborist from Roseville Urban Forest Foundation (RUFF) will walk you through the purpose and techniques of pruning. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore pruning types, proper cutting tools, and identify what cuts should be made. These principles will give you confidence to prune all types of trees and plants.”
Space is limited; only a few slots are left. Register here: https://bit.ly/3HFXtXR
Part of Mahany Park, Mahany Fitness Center is located at 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville.
For more gardening classes and events offered by the City of Roseville, check this listing.
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