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Homeowners invited to attend tree trimming workshops in the Ozarks

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Pruning a tree can often improve its shape and perhaps save damage later, but only if done properly. You can learn how are one of four workshops being offered in the Ozarks by the Missouri Department of Conservation in November.

Pruning a tree can often improve its shape and perhaps save damage later, but only if done properly. You can learn how are one of four workshops being offered in the Ozarks by the Missouri Department of Conservation in November.

JOPLIN – Winter is the prime time to prune trees. Harmful fungus, bacteria and insect pests are less likely to infect a pruning wound during a tree’s winter dormancy stage. That means now is a good time for homeowners and landowners to get helpful advice on tree work they will be doing in the months ahead.

Area homeowners can get information on tree pruning at several free tree pruning workshops in November that are being put on by Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff and local forestry professionals. Here is a list of the upcoming events:

Nov. 3: 6:30 p.m., New-Mac Electric Coop Meeting Room, Anderson, 9 Mustang Drive

Nov. 5: 9 a.m., Parr Hill Park, Joplin, workshop will be held at shelter near corner of 18th St. and Kansas, Ave. This workshop is hosted by the Missouri Community Forestry Council and will offer hands-on pruning opportunities with help by local tree experts.

Nov. 8: 6:30 p.m., Aurora City Fire Dept. Meeting Room, 106 S. Elliot Ave.

Nov. 15: 6:30 p.m., Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, Joplin, 201 W. Riviera Drive

Nov. 19: 10 a.m., Carthage, Municipal Park. Attendees should meet at the shelter northeast of the swimming pool. This workshop is hosted by the Carthage Tree Board and will offer hands-on pruning opportunities. After the instructional portion of the workshop, participants will be invited join Carthage Tree Board members and city park staff to prune younger trees at the park.

Registration is requested, but not required for these workshops. To register or to get more information, call the Joplin MDC office at 417-629-3423 or e-mail MDC Community Forester Jon Skinner at jon.skinner@mdc.mo.gov. For more on backyard tree care, go online to mdc.mo.gov.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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