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Learn tree pruning first hand at NMSU Extension workshop

ALBUQUERQUE - Would you like to learn how to prune a young tree? Would you like to know what can be done about previous bad pruning? Would you like to help the National Hispanic Cultural Center improve the health and appearance of their trees?

Join three knowledgeable local arborists, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center as they demonstrate proper pruning techniques, and then try your own hand at it, with expert supervision.

Proper pruning improves the long term health and safety of trees. Improper pruning can lead to poor appearance, safety concerns and tree health issues, such as delayed wound sealing and an increase in the incidence of disease and insect problems.

Joran Viers, New Mexico State University's Bernalillo County Extension horticulture agent, will lead the workshop with assistance from Nicholas Kuhn, Albuquerque Parks Department's city forester, and George Duda, retired New Mexico State Forestry urban forester.

Bring your pruning tools, water and lunch or eat at the on-site restaurant, La Fonda del Bosque. Workshop location is at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1401 4th Street, SW, at the corner of 4th and Cesar Chavez, west side of the parking lot. Please RSVP to Joran Viers at 243-1386.