Prun­ing work­shop at Macphail Woods

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Macphail Woods Eco­log­i­cal Forestry Pro­ject will hold a work­shop on prun­ing trees and shrubs Satur­day, July 18, at the Sir An­drew Macphail Homestead in Or­well.

The work­shop will be of in­ter­est to all those who work with and en­joy woody plants.

Proper prun­ing main­tains and im­proves the health and value of plants, whether in a com­mer­cial for­est, a wa­ter­shed, a pri­vate wood­lot or just around the home.

The work­shop starts at 2 p.m. at the Na­ture Cen­tre with a pre­sen­ta­tion on proper prun­ing prac­tices and a dis­cus­sion on tools and publi­ca­tions. There will then be a hands-on demon­stra­tion where par­tic­i­pants can prune trees and shrubs of dif­fer­ent species and ages. Par­tic­i­pants should bring suit­able weather gear, their favourite prun­ing tools (if avail­able) and be ready to share their ex­pe­ri­ences with oth­ers present.

Al­most any public place is full of ex­am­ples of how trees should not be looked af­ter, such as flat­top­ping ma­ture trees un­der power lines, leav­ing branch stubs or mak­ing cuts at the wrong an­gle. While it may look like the re­sults of a par­tic­u­larly harsh win­ter storm, much of the dam­age that oc­curs on woody plants is ac­tu­ally the re­sult of years of ne­glect or im­proper prun­ing. The pre­sen­ta­tion and ac­tual prun­ing on the Homestead will show how to get the best re­sults and avoid fu­ture prob­lems.

The work­shop is part of an on­go­ing se­ries of na­ture and for­est re­lated walks. There is no charge and ev­ery­one is welcome to at­tend. Call 902-651-2575 for more in­for­ma­tion or check out www.macphail­

In ad­di­tion, the Tea Room at the homestead, which fo­cuses on us­ing lo­cal pro­duce, will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and. Light re­fresh­ments (bev­er­ages and desserts) are also avail­able from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 902-651-2789 for more in­for­ma­tion or check the web­site.

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