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Extension program to put focus on shade trees

Everyone wants good shade trees in their yard. Communities want beautiful trees in their parks and along their streets. Come learn the ins and outs of shade tree culture.

Kim Coder, UGA Extension Forester, has agreed to come for a program on shade trees which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9 beginning at 7 p.m. Location for the meeting will be the Thomson-McDuffie Library. Local county agents will also be on hand to discuss this important aspect of home and community landscapes.

Many will attend to hear how to properly plant and care for trees. That will certainly be part of the program. However, plans are to give special emphasis to the common problems associated with trees.

Recent years of drought have begun to take their toll on trees in our area. Often, Extension agents receive calls concerning dying trees. Unfortunately, many trees are too far gone to save by this time. We hope through this program to educate participants how to prevent their trees from getting in this state of decline. While drought may be a major factor, people need to consider all cultural aspects in order to keep their trees healthy. If you can't afford to water during times of drought, it becomes more important that you do everything else you can to maintain the health of the tree. Trees stressed by poor cultural practices are even more prone to die from drought.

Weed eater blight, improper planting procedures, over or under watering, poor site selection, root damage from heavy equipment, construction too close to tree, etc., all lead to a dead tree. Most of these problems could be avoided if people had the right information up front.

Please pre-register for this program by calling the Extension Office at (706) 595-1815 by Friday, Oct. 5. Questions about the program can also be directed to this same number.

Web posted on Thursday, September 27, 2007

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