Cazenovia Tree Commission to present fifth annual public seminar March 22

— Ever feel intimidated when it comes to pruning? You are not alone. While pruning is both desirable and necessary for the health of a tree — and particularly young trees — many approach the task with unease, a lack of confidence and an outright fear of failure. To help overcome these feelings, the Cazenovia Village Tree Commission will hold its annual free public seminar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

Jim Maloney, an ISA certified arborist and superintendent of forestry for National Grid, will bring his years of experience in tree care in a hands-on workshop and seminar, “Keep Calm, Prune On!” The workshop will cover what tools should be used, how to spot a tree in need of pruning, pruning techniques and how to determine which branches to prune to maximize the shape and health of the tree.

Attendees will be encouraged to practice in the class on branches and then, weather permitting, move outside for a further demonstration of remedial pruning.

“Many homeowners understand the need for pruning but are reluctant to undertake it, for fear of ruining the tree.” Maloney said. “It’s actually quite the opposite — knowing where, when and how is something homeowners can grasp readily and learn to use instinctively.”

The presentation and pruning have been granted up to 4.5 ISA credits. In addition to the workshop, attendees will be eligible for a drawing to dedicate one of the trees to be planted by the tree commission in 2014 as a memorial tree.

This workshop is the fifth free public seminar conducted by the Cazenovia Tree Commission. The tree commission was founded in 2007 and consists of volunteer residents from the village and town of Cazenovia.

For more information, contact Tom Tait at ttait@twcny.rr.com.

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