Panhandle tree care topic of April 19 class in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Brandon Boughen, 806-373-0713, bwboughen@ag.tamu.edu

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Potter County will offer a “Tree Care for the Panhandle” class on April 19 at the office located at 3301 S.E. 10th Ave., Amarillo.

“Almost everyone in the Panhandle, and certainly Amarillo, has a tree,” said Brandon Boughen, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Potter County. “Most of the time we don’t pay a great deal of attention to those trees until we see signs of decline, then we panic.

“Trees are a costly part of the landscape to replace so we want to maintain our trees to the best of our ability,” he said. “Many tree owners pay someone to maintain their trees for them, which is fine, but they also need to have an idea of what is involved in tree care and maintenance. This class will make tree owners more informed, savvier tree owners.”

The class will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the program will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Boughen said he will cover a wide range of topics, including desirable, undesirable and questionable trees in the Panhandle, as well as pruning, general care, insect and disease control. He will end with a pruning demonstration.

The cost of the class will be $15 per person, payable at the door, and includes all materials and refreshments. Those planning to attend should contact Boughen at 806-373-0713 to reserve a spot by April 18 or for more information.

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