Pruning to rejuvenate trees damaged in ice storm

Jan 17, 2014

Rockport — Plants Unlimited, on Route 1 in Rockport, is hosting a free workshop Sunday, Jan. 26 at its garden center.

The ice storm of 2013 has left many devastated trees in yards and this workshop will help individuals decide whether they can prune the damage themselves, or need professional help to rejuvenate their trees.

At 1 p.m., Douglas N. Johnson, owner of TREEKEEPERS LLC in Camden will talk and demonstrate the best pruning practices and strategies to renew and rejuvenate ice damaged trees. While much damage from the ice storm needs to be remedied by professionals, smaller pruning projects can be accomplished by homeowners. Johnson will also discuss the best tools needed.

At 2:30 p.m., Hammon Buck, owner of Plants Unlimited, will discuss the best tree varieties to survive ice damage and heavy snow loads. Because of limb rigidity or tree branching structure, certain trees fare better than others in severe weather loads. Participants will receive a handout of these tree varieties.

Both programs are free, but registration is required before Saturday, Jan. 25, so organizers can gauge attendance. To register, send an email to buckh@midcoast.com or call 594-7754.

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