Last spring with the help of a hundred volunteers over a six-week period, the trees on Montana Street, Iron Street and half of Front Street boulevard were pruned.
MSU Extension, Parks and Recreation, Urban Forestry Board and Community Master Gardeners teamed up to provide a brief training session to the public of proper pruning techniques. After the session we set out to work to hone this skill by pruning trees on our main streets.
And we are planning to do it all again -- starting Thursday.
This opportunity to learn how to prune and care for your own trees is one to not miss. Through my many years of education I have learned that pruning is not something you study but something you do. At this training and hands-on you will learn how to identify what to cut and where, how to shape the miss-shaped, and what to do in a tricky pruning situation.
Join us from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in at Emma Park, Silver and Dakota, and each Thursday until the snow flies for a brief conversation of what to look for when pruning. Then, students will head to a designated street to put the knowledge in action.
If you can’t stay the entire time that’s OK. Bring your favorite pruners or loppers, sensible shoes, and a bright smile to help care for our Urban Forest.
-- Kellee Anderson, MSU Extension Agent serving Butte-Silver Bow County. Located at 305 W. Mercury St. Suite 303, Butte; telephone 406-723-0217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.