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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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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

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* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

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