Tree Essentials

Registering for 2017 Tree Essentials

 

Tree Essential classes are a way for Minnesota Tree Care Advocates (Tree Care Advisors, Citizen Pruners, Tree Stewards), Master Gardeners, Tree Inspector, etc. to update their education on very specific topics for a 2-hour session.

 

If you are a current Tree Care Advisor, Minnesota Tree Inspector, or Master Gardener all of the classes listed below are $15 each. You will pay by cash or check on the day of the event.

If you are not currently a Tree Care Advisor, Minnesota Tree Inspector, or Master Gardner all of the classes listed below are $25 each. You will pay by cash or check the day of the event.

If you would like a receipt for attending and paying for a Tree Essential class, please let the class instructor know or e-mail Ashley Reichard at info@mntca.org to request a receipt.

 

Classes will being promptly at 10:00 am every scheduled Friday (see below). Payment is due at the beginning of class (either cash or check). All classes will meet by the Red Shed at the Research Nursery on the University of Minnesota St Paul Campus (see map).Image icon red_shed_detailed_map.jpg.

 

Click here to register for the 2017 Tree Essentials!

 

Class Descriptions

Best Planting Practices: 

In this course you will learn about the different nursery stock options available (bare rooted, containerized, balled and burlap) and how to handle these various types of nursery stock. Get hands on experience planting a tree or shrub, where you will get a real understanding of planting depth and width, and how to deal with strings, pot-bound plants and roots buried deep in the soil. You will learn which mulching and watering practices are good for trees along with staking methods and a little about gravel beds.

 

Managing Aggressives/Invasives: 

In this course you will learn about common aggressive and invasive tree and plant specifics that affect urban forests throughout the state. We will learn about common aggressives/invasives to Minnesota, specifically those that need care and attention during this time of year. This course will teach you how to manage the aggressive or invasive specifics to reduce their spread in an area.

 

Nontraditional Pruning - Shrubs, Espalier, Pleaching:

In this course you will learn about methods for pruning nontraditional (young trees) plants and methods to pruning in specialized ways. You will get hands on experience pruning shrubs to maintain and increase good health. This course will also touch on when and how to use specialized pruning methods such as espaliering and pleaching on young trees.

 

Plant Health Issues - Diagnostics:

In this course you will learn about some of the common pests, diseases and abiotic problems with trees and shrubs. Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms and analyze plant problems. Also learn how you can take preventative measures to keep plants happy and healthy. 

 

Plant Selection:  

In this course you will learn how to interpret the soil at a site and test for texture, compaction and drainage. Understand how to match plants with particular landscapes. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of ecological diversity and what it means to have a diverse and sustainable landscape.

 

Pruning: 

Our pruning classes cover the basics of getting trees prepared for long productive lives in the landscape. You will also learn how small errors in the beginning lead to large problems later on. We will focus on developing well-structured young trees, as well as how to minimize unnecessary storm damage with timely pruning techniques.

 

Predicting and Preventing Storm Damage: 

This class examines the most common types of storm damage to trees in Minnesota, the tree defects that are most commonly associated with preventable damage, and some techniques that can help minimize future storm damage when possible. You will learn how to note conditions that could be potential areas of failure in a storm as well as how well-maintained trees suffer less storm damage. This class also provides you with the opportunity of getting involved with ongoing University of Minnesota research on tree failures in loading events.

2017 Class Schedule

 

Predicting/Preventing/Reporting Storm Damage

July 7th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Plant Health Issues - Diagnostics

July 14th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Nontraditional Pruning: Shrubs, Espalier, Pleaching

July 21st, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Managing Aggressives/Invasives

July 28th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Pruning

August 4th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Plant Selection

August 11th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Plant Health Issues: Diagnostics

August 18th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Best Planting Practices

August 25th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Pruning

September 8th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Plant Selection

September 15th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Plant Health Issues: Diagnostics

September 22nd, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Best Planting Practices

September 29th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Plant Selection

October 6th, 2017 at 10:00am to 12:00pm