Pruning workshop at Macphail Woods
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.macphailwoods.org
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.