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 Pruning trees and shrubs is often an intimidating task, even for experienced gardeners. Most pruning and training techniques can be done by homeowners when they understand proper principles. Everyone with an interest in learning about pruning is encouraged to attend a program “Pruning Trees and Shrubs” that will be held in Clay Center on Tuesday, December 7, 4:00 p.m. at the Medicalodge, 715 Liberty or in Clyde on Wednesday, December 8, 4:00 p.m. at the Clyde Arboretum. Actual pruning techniques will be demonstrated outside, so dress appropriately.

Kim Bomberger, Kansas Forest Service Community Forester and David Coltrain, River Valley Extension Agent, will present this program. “The best time to prune trees and shrubs is when they are dormant. Correct pruning of trees and shrubs is just as important for the health and longevity as insect and disease control,” stated Coltrain. Come learn the basics of pruning and find out how to accomplish this important task. Guidelines will be presented for all types of shrubs and both deciduous and coniferous trees. 

The program is free, but please pre-register by calling the Extension office in Washington at 785-325-2121.  A minimum of 10 registrations is needed for each meeting to be held.

K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities, and programs accessible to all participants.  If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision or hearing disability, please contact David Coltrain at 785-325-2121.

 For more Extension information and programming, listen to the River Valley Scoop radio programs by going to and selecting the River Valley Scoop agent radio program.

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