The Agriculture Officer said the workshop is well suited for RVC residents as landowners can learn for themselves how to care for the trees on their property.
Rocky View County (RVC) residents will have the opportunity to learn all about arbor care from experts in the field during a free workshop entitled All About Trees, taking place March 21 at RVC Hall.
According to Delaney McNaughton, an agricultural services officer for RVC, although the workshop has been hosted in different formats over the years, each session or iteration has offered something unique to the participant.
And even if someone has attended a county-led tree care workshop in the past, they can still benefit from attending the latest iteration to refresh and supplement their knowledge of tree and foliage care on their properties, she said.
“In my experience, you always learn something new at these sessions because there is so much information to learn,” McNaughton said.
She added that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the community hosted a series of tree care workshops in three hour-long sessions via Zoom to comply with public health restrictions at the time. The March 21 workshop marks the first time the county has offered an in-person tree care workshop in over three years.
“But this year we’re excited to be in person again to host a longer session that covers a wide range of topics,” she explained.
The workshop is scheduled to take place at County Hall from 6pm to 9pm and will cover a variety of topics from planting to basic care and maintenance.
Participants will also learn how to avoid or manage damage to trees on their property, whether from pests, disease or human activity, McNaughton explained.
Toso Bozic, tree care expert and CEO of ATTS Group Inc. (a leading tree, forestry and agroforestry consultancy), will lead the workshop. He is a member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) and is an ISA-certified arborist, according to McNaughton.
“[Bozic] has 25 years of experience which has given him tremendous knowledge and passion for trees, forestry and agroforestry,” she said. “[He] will provide information on tree and shrub species selection, site preparation, appropriate planting techniques, tree care after planting and pruning.”
The Agriculture Officer said the workshop is well suited for RVC residents as landowners can learn for themselves how to care for the trees on their property. It will also help them prepare to replace trees that are dying or add trees in other areas of their land if desired.
“It can be very difficult to plant and keep trees alive in this area of the province, so much of the information provided will give landowners the tools to give their trees the best possible chance of survival,” she said.
RVC Residents wishing to register for the upcoming tree care workshop are encouraged to visit the events page on eventbrite.ca or alternatively visit rockyview.ca/events