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Tree Pruning- March 10, 2016

Tree Pruning


With March upon us, we are in the perfect time to prune our tree and shrubs. Late winter to early spring is ideal because the tree is still dormant. Both deciduous and coniferous can be trimmed right now with no damaging results. One reason to do trimming is for safety reasons, physical and driving safety. Removing low hanging branches will help keep pathways clean and removing dead branches can prevent injuries from falling branches. The other reason to remove branches for driving safety, removing branches them from driver’s line of sight. Keeping signs and intersections with a clear line of sites is important. The next reason to prune tree and shrubs is to remove diseases. Throughout the previous summer if you noticed diseases branches, right now is the perfect time to clean out your trees and branches. Removing the branches 10-12 inches below the infected area will help prevent the disease from spreading. If you are cleaning out diseased and healthy branches at the same time, cleaning off the saw with an alcohol solution will keep the disease from spreading to healthy branches. North Dakota State University Extension Service has a publication out called Basic Guidelines for Pruning Trees and Shrubs, if you would like a copy with the above and more information please call the extension office at 701-577-4595.


Private Pesticide License Trainings

During the KUMV Farm and Ranch Show held March 15th and 16th we will be doing private pesticide trainings on the FIRST day. In past years this training was always held on the second day, but we will be switching the date this year to the first day, Tuesday March 15th. From 9:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. The Extension Office will be hosting a recertification for those that will be expiring. For those that have not had a license or have gone longer than three years without recertifying will have to attend the training from 9:30a.m to 12:30 p.m. then immediately take the written exam, upon passing you will receive your licenses which is good for three years. This event is held at the Raymond Family Community Center, for more information for new pesticide applicator please contact the Extension Office at 701-577-4595.


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