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Houseplants class still has room!
Announcements Treasure Valley - Idaho
Posted on: January 13, 2017 by Rich Guggenheim
Join us at the Canyon County Extension Office on Saturday, January 14th from 10 am to noon at 501 Main Street for a class on how to care for and enjoy houseplants. You will even have an opportunity to make your own and take it home. The cost is $15 and you can register through the Caldwell Parks and Rec. Department online at http://www.cityofcaldwell.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/527/246
Or call the UI Extension Office to register 459-6003.
Other upcoming classes which you may want to register for include:
Houseplants, January 14th 10 AM
Making Sense of Seed Catalogs January 28th 10 AM
Planning you Garden (Where do I plant the Tomatoes?) February 11th, 10 AM
Weed Control February 25th 10 AM
Companion Planting March 11th 10 AM
Backyard Chickens March 25th 10 AM
Landscaping for season color and year round interest. April 8th 10 AM
Edible Landscapes April 22nd 10 AM
Pesticides 1 May 13th. 10 AM CEU for those holding a license available*
Pesticides 2 May 27th 10 AM. CEU for those holding a license available*
Nampa Chamber of Commerce Ag Forum
Announcements Treasure Valley
Posted on: January 13, 2017 by Jerry Neufeld
The Nampa Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an “Ag Forum” on Wed, February 8, 2017 at the Ford Idaho Center. Lt. Governor Brad Little and ISDA Director Celia Gould will be speaking. The keynote speaker is Michael Swanson, Ph.D. Wells Fargo Chief Agricultural Economist. Click on the pdf below for more information.
Storm Damage to Trees and Landscapes Possible
Landscape and Garden All Locations
Storm Damaged Trees
Posted on: January 6, 2017 by Rich Guggenheim
There is a high likelihood that the forecasted ice and snow will cause storm damage to trees which will need proper pruning. Storm damage to trees can be prevented through proper structural pruning while the tree is young. For more information on pruning storm damage trees, contact your local Extension Office or a certified arborist.
If your trees are damaged as a result of snow, wind, or ice, here is what you need to know:
First, Check for hazards. Before approaching a tree, examine your surroundings to avoid making contact with downed utility lines or standing under broken, hanging branches.
Contact city officials if necessary. Trees between the street and a city sidewalk may be the responsibility of city crews.
Assess the damage. If a tree is healthy overall and still possesses its leader (the main upward branch), most of its major limbs and 50 percent or more of its crown, the chance is good for a complete recovery.
Be careful knocking snow off branches. This may cause the branches to break. If you must remove snow, gently push up on branches from below to prevent adding additional stress.
Remove broken branches. This minimizes the risk of decay and insects or diseases entering the wound. Prune at the branch collar - the point where a branch joins a larger one - and be mindful of
potential pent-up energy if the branch is twisted or bent.
Don't over-prune. With the loss of some branches, a tree may look unbalanced, but most trees quickly grow new foliage that hides bare areas.
Don't try to do it all yourself. If the job requires running a chainsaw overhead, sawing from a ladder or removing large branches or entire trees, contact an insured, certified arborist.
Professionals often are listed in the phone book under "tree service"
If you decide to prune your own tree you need to know how storm-damaged trees should be pruned.
First, focus on cleaning (removing broken and damaged limbs) keeping in mind
the structural integrity of the tree. Realize that you may have to accept less than
ideal pruning techniques by “Mother Nature”.
Second, focus on thinning and/or reducing to restore the tree’s structural integrity
and shape to the extent possible. This may take place over a period of years.
The maximum amount of tree canopy that can be removed without putting the tree
and its root system under stress includes the live wood/foliage removed by the
storm. When Mother Nature removes too much live wood/foliage, limit pruning to
cleaning. On storm damaged trees where excessive live wood and foliage was removed by storm damage, wait until the roots and crown stabilize (as measured in canopy
growth) before doing thinning, reducing, or other structural pruning. This may be
a multi-year period.
Keep the tree if it can be pruned back to structurally sound wood and will be
aesthetically pleasing. Often when one side of the tree is gone, the best option is to
remove the entire tree