Local gardening workshops offered

The Colorado State University Extension plans a number of workshops to help area gardeners.

The workshops will be lead by Curtis Swift, area extension horticulture agent, and Susan Rose, who specializes in horticulture education.

Seedling Tree Workshop — Colorado Forest Service personnel and Extension staff will provide information on the following topics: planning, site preparation, care and storage of seedlings, preparing seedling for planting, hand planting, machine planting, watering, fertilizing, mulching, weed control, wildlife damage and common causes of seedling morality. The free workshop will be from 6–8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, C building, off U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa. To sign-up for this free workshop or for more details, contact the Mesa Extension Office at 244-1834.

Pruning Fruit Trees — Workshop will covers apple and peach trees, insect and pest control also will be covered. Free workshop will be from 1–4 p.m. March 19 at 2114 64.50 Road, Montrose. Call 249-3935 to register.

Pruning and Care of Ornamental Trees — This program will cover methods to maintain proper size and growth habit, pruning techniques, branch angles, fertility and pest control. The workshop will brom 9 a.m. to noon March 31 in the Mesa County Arboretum at Mesa County Fairgrounds, off U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa. The registration fee is $5 per person.

Care and Pruning of Shrubs — This program will cover the care and pruning of shrubs. Learn the difference between the various shrubs and sub-shrubs and how they need to be pruned. Weed control among shrubs will be covered. The workshop will be from 1:30–4:30 p.m. March 31 in the Mesa County Arboretum at Mesa County Fairgrounds off U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa. The registration fee is $5 per person.

Rose Pruning Workshops — These workshops will cover care and pruning of hybrid tea roses, climbers and shrub roses. Planting roses will be demonstrated. Bring your pruning equipment and practice pruning on our roses before you prune your own roses. Workshops are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2–5 p.m. April 8 at the CSU Extension office at the Mesa County Fairgrounds off U.S. Highway 50 on Orchard Mesa. The registration fee is $5 per person.

— Compiled by Sentinel staff


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