Workshop on repairing ice-damaged trees, shrubs Monday in Sioux Falls
April 23. 2013 10:08AM
South Dakota State University Extension and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture will host a damaged tree and shrub workshop at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Sioux Falls Extension Regional Center.
This month’s ice storm left thousands of broken and damaged trees in its wake. Many tree owners are looking at their bent and broken trees and wondering whether they can be saved, and if so, what can be done.
The workshops will be led by John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist, and Rick Mayko, Community Forester. The sessions will help landowners decide if damaged trees are worth saving and show techniques for pruning and repairing trees. Additional workshops are planned for the near future.
Ice-damaged shrubs, evergreens, and fruit trees will also be covered in the workshops. Tips on hiring a tree company to work on larger trees will be discussed as well.
In instances when trees cannot be saved, homeowners should be aware that buying replacement trees from out-of-state nurseries increases the potential risk of bringing trees infested with insects and diseases to South Dakota, such as emerald ash borers in ash trees.
With confirmed infestations of emerald ash borer in Minn. and Iowa, SDDA suggests that people can avoid buying trees infested with diseases or other pests by getting trees from reputable local nurseries where the trees have been inspected or are grown there. Homeowners who buy locally grown trees also have a good chance of getting stock that are more suitable to South Dakota’s climate.
For more information on the workshops, contact Tiffany Arp at 605-773-3594.