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Briefs: Franklin County offsets costs of replacing trees

Do you have fruit trees you no longer want or care for? Are some of the trees in your landscaping fruit bearing ornamentals?

If you live in Franklin County do yourself -- and your neighbors with commercial orchards -- a favor. Call the Franklin County Pest Board, 545-3580, and ask if your unwanted trees qualify as a pest. If so, as long as funds are available, they'll send you a $50 certificate to replace it with one that won't harbor insects and diseases that attack commercial orchards.

This offer is for residential trees only. The certificates are redeemable at participating nurseries in the Mid-Columbia.

Orchid society holding workshop in Yakima

YAKIMA -- The Yakima Valley Orchid Society will hold a workshop at the Yakima Area Arboretum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 2.

Topics to be discussed include identification and labeling, cultural conditions, proper growing conditions and tips on getting started with your first orchid. Participants will also learn the proper way to plant an orchid and are encouraged to bring their own plants for repotting.

Cost is $12 and space is limited. To sign up call 509-248-7337.

The arboretum is at 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima.

Free composting class set May 2 in Kennewick

A free back yard composting and waste reduction workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on May 2 in the Union branch of the Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. The workshop will cover how to reduce waste from the home by reusing, recycling and composting kitchen scraps.

The workshop also will cover how to compost in a worm bin, which is a great tool for those without easy access to a yard or garden. A local worm farmer will also be on hand to sell worms and vermi-compost for your gardening needs.

Participants will receive a free composting bin and book. Seating is limited.

For more information, or to register, call 942-7730.

Keep an eye on unsightly foliage

Seesawing winter temperatures have left many broadleaf evergreens with dead or partially browned leaves. Do not rush to remove this unsightly foliage. The shrubs will grow fresh leaves this spring and naturally drop the damaged vegetation. Water the shrubs during dry spells this year.