CSFS Offers Pruning Workshop in Del Norte
The Colorado State Forest Service will be hosting at tree pruning workshop in Del Norte on April 6, sponsored by the Town of Del Norte Tree Board.
The focus of the workshop will be the pruning of young trees from the ground (rather than from a ladder or up in the tree) with little more than a pair of pruning shears and a small pruning saw. Participants will learn the basics of structural pruning, along with an overview of proper pruning techniques.
“The proper structural pruning of young trees helps to set them up for future success,” said Sam Scavo, forester with the CSFS Alamosa District. “Ignoring these young trees or improperly pruning them could end up costing the town and its residents more in the long run, with increased maintenance costs in the future.”
Pruning young trees to provide clearance over sidewalks and streets will help to minimize the amount of large-diameter limbs removed in the future. Scavo says it is much easier for a tree to heal over a 1- to 2-inch diameter wound versus a 5- to 6-inch diameter wound, the latter caused by removing a larger branch later on in a tree’s life. It also is much more cost-effective to remove smaller branches than it is to remove larger ones.
Vince Urbina, community forester with the CSFS Urban and Community Forestry Program, will be the instructor for the workshop.
“Vince brings a wealth of knowledge from the nursery, fruit tree and community forestry industries,” says Scavo.
The workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 6 in the Rio Grande County Annex building. The morning session will be classroom-based, with an afternoon field session. The cost of the workshop is $20, which includes lunch.
Scavo says space is limited to 20 participants so be sure to register early. Also, a limited number of registrations are offered free of charge to Del Norte residents, to encourage citizens to join the new Del Norte Tree Board. Call 587-0915 for reservations.
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. The CSFS provides technical forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS Alamosa District serves Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, Saguache, and Mineral counties. For more information, visit www.csfs.colostate.edu.