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Iowa: Advanced Pruning Techniques

  • 05/09/2014
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Iowa Arboretum, Madrid, Iowa
The Iowa Arborists Association is sponsoring a full-day seminar on tree pruning at the Iowa Arboretum at 1875 Peach Ave, Madrid, Iowa (northwest of Des Moines).  Agenda follows:

Check-In: 8:00 AM
Morning Session  8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Root System Development Seed to Mature Tree: Creating Stable Architecture
Understanding how roots develop near the trunk will improve our ability to diagnose problems and develop effective treatments. You will leave understanding how roots develop in the nursery and landscape and what you can do to improve both.

How Trees Grow in Urban Landscapes: Applied Tree Biomechanics, Biology, and Risk Management (Part 1)
Review how tree structure develops, how trees are put together, and how this impacts your daily pruning practices and bottom line. You will understand how trees respond to forces experienced in
the real world.

Break 30 minutes

How Trees Grow in Urban Landscapes: Applied Tree Biomechanics, Biology, and Risk Management (Part 2)
Review how tree structure develops, how trees are put together, and how this impacts your daily pruning practices and bottom line. You will understand how trees respond to forces experienced in
the real world.

Pruning Cut Types: Internal Response to the Three Common Pruning Cuts
There are three pruning cuts used on trees. Learn which is most appropriate for young and mature trees. Bring home the ability to make the pruning cut at the appropriate spot to minimize pest
problems and decay.

Lunch 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (Provided)

Afternoon Session 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Developing a Sustainable Canopy Architecture
This is the most important technique to master when pruning young and medium-aged trees. It is the best way to prevent trunk decay and disease. Learn to choose the right branches and stems to remove to prevent problems later. With some practice, you can become an expert in this emerging, practical structural pruning technique.

Effects of Pruning Methods on Tree Survival in Storms
New research provides guidance for better pruning treatments for our trees in storm prone areas.  It also shows us what we should not be doing. This session will provide video and photos of trees
blowing in 120 mph wind after receiving different ANSI pruning treatments. This will change the way you view trees and how to manage them.

Outdoor Session 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Outdoor Pruning Exercises: Creating and Maintaining Strong Structure With Pruning
Put to use what is learned during the morning presentations. Under the direction the instructor and students, arborists will make appropriate cuts on the correct tree branches.

This full-day seminar costs $100 for non-members of the Iowa Arborists Association.

For a registration form or for more information,
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