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Free green industry class to discuss tree irrigation

Posted 7/30/2019

tree with two dripline emitters

To promote healthy root growth, one to two emitters are not sufficient. Photo by Jenn Fisher, Cooperative Extension.

Cooperative Extension series teaches sustainable horticulture to local professionals

As part of the Green Industry Continuing Education Series, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents “Trees and Irrigation” noon-1 p.m., Aug. 13, at the Cooperative Extension Office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno.

"Trees in our region rely almost entirely on water from irrigation to survive and thrive,” said Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture Program Coordinator Jenn Fisher. “Much of the irrigation water provided to trees in our region is not sufficient to maintain healthy and beautiful trees, so proper irrigation strategies need to be employed.”

The class, taught by Extension’s Northern Nevada Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch, will outline the impacts of drought on trees and the multiple strategies needed to protect them. Kratsch will focus on proper irrigation of trees, with and without surrounding turf grass areas, and how to manage irrigation of trees throughout their life cycle for good health. The class offers International Society of Arboriculture and Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The Green Industry Continuing Education Series provides current, research-based information to green-industry professionals. For upcoming classes, visit the series website.

Register online at the registration page. For more information on classes or certification, contact Fisher at or 775-336-0249. Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance should call at least three days prior to the class they intend to attend.

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