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CSU Extension to host tree selection workshops

By Wilma Trujillo

CSU Extension Agronomist

Do you need help deciding what trees to plant? Where to plant them? How far apart to plant them? Do you want to protect your livestock or attract wildlife? Southeast Area Extension agents want to help you. Colorado State University Extension will be holding two workshops to help with this decision-making.

Topics Include:

--Selecting the Right Tree: What is right for your environment and space?

--How to Plant and Maintain Trees: What do you need to do to make your trees survive?

--Fertilizers and Pruning: When should I fertilize and prune?

--How Trees Benefit Livestock and Wildlife Management: Are you interested in protecting your livestock and attracting wildlife?

Workshop 1 will be held at the Baca County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Colo., on Dec. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please RSVP by Dec. 17 to 719-523-6971.

Workshop 2 will be held at the CSU Otero Extension office in Rocky Ford, Colo., on Dec. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Please RSVP by Dec. 18 to 719-254-7608.

Time to order seedling trees

Being inside due to the cold winter weather is a good time to begin planning those spring planting projects. The Colorado State University Extension Offices in the Southeast Area are kicking off the 2013 seedling tree program. We have a wide variety of trees available to order from your local Colorado State University Extension Office. The program enables farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners who have one or more acres of land to obtain trees at nominal cost. Order forms are available at your local Colorado State University Extension Office. The order forms are also available on our website: www.extension.colostate.edu/SEA .

Advantages of planting trees around your farmstead include the following:

--Improve air quality. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and replenish the atmosphere with oxygen.

--Save energy by cooling in the hotter months and as windbreaks during the winter.

--Reduce noise.

--Improve water quality by reducing runoff and erosion.

--Improve wildlife diversity by providing habitat.

We have a great selection of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs available this year. Some species that do well in our area sell out quickly and supplies are limited so it is a first-come basis, so order soon.

Orders will be taken until March 1, 2013, with the seedlings arriving in mid-March.

Date: 12/17/2012



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