Pruning Shade Trees | Four Seasons Gardening

Keep trees healthy with proper pruning.

Proper pruning ensures that long-lived woody plants remain healthy and structurally safe in the home landscape. Many homeowners skip this important maintenance task due to uncertainty surrounding how, when, and where to make pruning cuts – which can vary based on a tree’s age. Unravel the mystery of pruning shade trees as we cover basic pruning cuts, the all-important practice of young tree pruning, and how to care for and prune mature trees.

Presenter: Ryan Pankau, Extension Horticulture Educator

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Andrew Holsinger at aholsing@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs. 

About the Four Seasons Gardening Series

Seasons come and go, but home gardening never stops. Pick up the knowledge you need to maintain a safe and healthy home landscape, create friendly spaces for indoor plants, and support a resilient environment by joining Four Seasons Gardening’s horticulture experts. Sessions are free to attend, and registration is required.

Register for these additional workshops in the series. 

Success with Indoor Plants | 1:30 PM February 28

Plants that thrive in indoor environments require a balance of plant culture and human care. Learn how to create a healthy houseplant environment by selecting the right plants for your indoor space as we discuss cultural requirements, maintenance practices, and key ornamental aspects in growing interior plants.

Presenter: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Horticulture Educator

Basics of Home Composting | 1:30 PM March 7

Home composting is a great way to support our environment by introducing a sustainable, gardening component that builds healthy soils while reducing the volume of waste going to landfills. Discover the fascinating ins and outs of the decomposition process and learn how to turn waste into valuable organic matter by starting a compost pile at home.

Presenter: Nancy Kreith, Extension Horticulture Educator