City of Boise arborists, landscape architects and other professionals will show people how to take care of trees, lawns and gardens in a series of evening classes starting Feb. 25.
The free adult classes meet from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Boise Public Library Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Use the first floor 8th Street entrance. Classes are free, but space is limited. Register online here or send your name, email address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, you can call (208) 608-7700.
Here's a list of dates and topics for the classes:
Feb. 25 and 26: Fruit Tree Pruning. Knowing how and when to prune for fruit is much different than pruning an ornamental tree. If you have a fruit tree, this is the class for you! Instructor Matt Perkins, is an arborist and manager of the Laura Moore Cunningham city arboretum. Due the popularity of this class, we are offering ittwo separate nights: Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 26.
Make sure to register for one of the two dates.
March 4: Tree Biology. Learn how a tree works from top to bottom. Understanding how a tree functions will help you make decisions about the long term health of your trees. Instructor Gary Moen is an arborist and professor emeritus at Boise State University. This class is an important foundation for the other classes.
March 11 and 12: Tree Pruning. Pruning is much more than cutting off branches. Incorrect pruning can cause serious problems for your trees and, consequently, you. Learn the correct way to make a pruning cut, the tree's response to the cuts you make and how to prune for the long term health and beauty of your trees. Instructor Dennis Matlock is a Boise City arborist. Due the popularity of this class, it is offered on two separate nights. Make sure to register for one of the two dates.
March 18: Tree Selection and Planting. Choosing a tree requires careful consideration of soil and the environment along with considering the mature characteristics of the tree. Instructor Ryan Rodgers, a Boise City arborist, will point out cultural requirements and growth habits of tree varieties that do well in the Treasure Valley. Planting incorrectly is one of the most common reasons for tree failure. Unfortunately, some times the problem isn't evident for 10 or more years. Once you've chosen the perfect tree for your area, learn the correct way to plant or what to look for when someone else plants, to ensure the long term success of the tree.
March 25: Tree Problems. Learn about some of the most common problems found on trees in the Treasure Valley. Instructor Debbie Cook, a Boise City arborist, will teach you about insects and diseases that affect our trees and also about the most common problems people create by incorrect cultural practices. You'll learn to identify the problems and will be given suggestions on how to correct them.
April 1: Roses and Landscape. From proper pruning techniques to selecting the right plant for the job, Andrea Wurtz will review the basic steps involved in producing beautiful healthy roses. Wurtz is a Master Gardener and Certified Landscape Technician who is responsible for the maintenance of Kathryn Albertson Park and the roses in Ann Morrison Park. Landscape Architect Toby Norton will provide background on landscape design, including orientation, hydrozones, and proper plant placement. A licensed landscape architect, Norton has 19 years of experience in landscape architecture and project management. A question-and-answer sessions follow the presentation.
April 8: Lawn and Irrigation. Instructor Dave Beck will provide an overview of the most important topics related to growing a beautiful lawn. He'll talk about turf grass growth, physiology and affective cultivation strategies for different grass types common in Idaho. Beck is responsible for the care and maintenance of more than 300 acres of turf in city parks. Dan Falconer will teach a short course on how to use your irrigation system to efficiently water your garden and landscaping in our dry Idaho climate. He'l also talk about sprinkler maintenance and design including comparisons of different types of emitters such as drip, spray heads and rotors. Falconer is responsible for the irrigation of 11 park sites and over 100 acres of landscape in City of Boise parks.
For more details about the classes and presenters, please see page 29 in the digital edition of the Boise Parks and Recreation Activity Guide, found here. For a free copy, call (208) 608-7680.