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Home/garden briefs: Get a lesson in tree-trimming at Yakima Area Arboretum

YAKIMA -- Learn what to do when your tree is too big, too full, too close to the house, or too ugly at a tree pruning event in Yakima in late February.

Certified arborists and experts at the Yakima Area Arboretum will show you how to properly prune and shape trees and shrubs to create healthy, long lasting plants in a tree pruning class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28.

Following a lecture on tree biology, setting goals and proper pruning techniques, students will head outside for hands-on training.

During the hands-on workshop students will practice pruning, learn how to raise, lift or thin the tree canopy and recognize tree hazards.

Finally, they'll learn when to throw in the towel and hire an arborist.

Students should bring gardening gloves and any pruners or small saws they use and dress for the weather.

Cost is $15 for members of the Yakima Area Arboretum, $20 for nonmembers.

Call 509-248-7337 to reserve a place in the class.

Sustainable Living Center changes weekend hours

COLLEGE PLACE -- The Sustainable Living Center, a community resource for workshops on topics like biodiesel, solar photovoltaic systems, native plants, water conservation, energy efficiency and green building, has changed its hours to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The center also houses the Sustainable Walla Walla lending library offering information on the latest tax incentives and applications for energy conservation, native plants, xeriscaping, composting, recycling resources and creative reuse ideas.

It also offers Built Green homeowner information, educational activities for youths, renewable energy displays, plus a list of Walla Walla-area resources and contact information.

For more information about the organization, go to www.sustainable livingcenter.com. Or call 509-522-4721.

The Sustainable Living Center is at 349 NE Myra Road, between Rose and Poplar streets on the border of Walla Walla and College Place.

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