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RAMSEY: Workshop on tree maintenance planned | Agriculture

UT-TSU Extension Sullivan County and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services will co-sponsor the Right Tree, Right Place workshop on Wednesday, February 23.

The program will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. The program will take place at the Ron Ramsey Regional Ag Center at 140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville, Tennessee. Please RSVP at 423-574-1919 by Friday, February 18.

The program will feature programs on the following topics:

» Trees and power lines;

» Fire ants, spotted lanternfly and crape myrtle bark mealybug;

» Insect pests of trees;

» Harmful diseases of trees;

» Pruning to improve disease and insect control; and

» Regulatory update on pesticides.

The workshop will provide commercial applicator recertification points through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The workshop will be of interest to landscape professionals, garden center employees, master gardeners and amateur gardeners. You will learn how to plant trees near power lines to protect your landscape. You will also hear about current insects and tree diseases and how to deal with them.

Every year we hear about new pests that threaten the health of our landscape trees. The emerald ash borer is one of the main pests affecting our landscapes in recent years. By attending this tree care workshop, you will be better able to identify and recognize potentially devastating pests in your landscape.

If you are interested or have any questions regarding this program, please call us at 423-574-1919.

Chris Ramsey is an agricultural extension agent at UT-TSU Extension in Sullivan County. His office is at 140 Spurgeon Lane. Blountville, TN 37617. You can reach him at 423-574-1919 or [email protected]