Learn pruning skills, equipment care through UGA course

By for CAES News

A course set for Feb. 8 on the University of Georgia Griffin campus will focus on pruning trees and ornamentals and caring for landscape equipment.

The program will cover the proper pruning techniques for trees and ornamentals as well as a short discussion on how to prune fruiting plants. Participants will learn when, where and how to prune plants using certain techniques for creating a professional landscape.

The one-day class will also cover how to select and maintain pruning equipment. Attendees will learn how to sharpen equipment, from hand clippers to gas powered chainsaws, and how to troubleshoot common problems of small engines.

Taught by Bob Westerfield, UGA Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, the class will include indoor lectures and outdoor hands-on demonstrations.

The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Student Learning Center at 1009 Experiment Street Ellis at UGA-Griffin. The cost is $49, which includes instruction, materials, lunch and break refreshments. Preregistration is required by Friday, Feb. 1 by calling 770-228-7214 or emailing Beth Horne at bhorne@uga.edu. To register online, go to https://pruningworkshop_02082019.eventbrite.com.

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