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Learn how to prune young shade trees

Sacramento Tree Foundation offers hands-on workshop

How young shade trees are pruned can affect their eventual growth and health, the Sacramento Tree Foundation notes.

How young shade trees are pruned can affect their eventual growth and health, the Sacramento Tree Foundation notes. Kathy Morrison

One cut can change the life of a young tree – for good or bad.

Learn how to make the right cuts, including when and where, during a free hands-on workshop offered by the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

Set for 9 a.m Saturday, Nov. 18, “Young Shade Tree Pruning Workshop” starts in a classroom at Florin Creek Recreation Center, located at 7460 Persimmon Ave., Sacramento. After an hour indoors, the workshop moves outside to tackle trees in a nearby park.

“Join SacTree to learn how to prune young shade trees for strong structure and beauty,” say the organizers. “A few simple cuts made now will save a ton of time and money when the trees are mature.”

The foundation provides all the tools. Bring gloves and wear closed-toes shoes and long pants. The class is open to adults and teens, but students must be at least 18 years of age to use tools. This class focuses on deciduous shade trees (not fruit trees).

The class is free but space is limited and attendees should register in advance. An email with class logistics will be sent after registration.

Sign up here: https://sactree.org/event/young-shade-tree-pruning-workshop/.

SacTree has another pruning workshop scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 9, also 9 to 11:30 a.m., but in Rancho Cordova. See details and sign up here.

For more tips on trees and other events: www.sactree.com.

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