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Put those trees to bed in Grand Junction

After a dry hot summer, you might want to give your trees a good drink before winter. In fact, arid Colorado winters with plenty of wind leave trees vulnerable and landowners should water once or twice during the cold season - and if there's no snow - watering once a month is good.That's according to John Rizza, regional specialist in small acreage management for the Colorado State University Extension and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Rizza will share information about understanding and managing your property at a free "small acreage tree and woodlands hands-on workshop," Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m."We're trying to help people do a good job with their land resources," Rizza said. "It's for anybody with property."Offered by the Mesa Conservation District, CSU Extension, and the USDANRCS, the workshop will provide "up-to-date information on drought tolerant landscape solutions that will work in the Grand Valley's arid environment."The workshop includes a free lunch for the first 100 people who sign up; otherwise the cost is $10. The afternoon sessions include opportunities for hands-on pruning and weed identification."If you're unsure on pruning, we have some great certified arborists," Rizza said. "We see a lot of people incorrectly pruning, and unfortunately (causing trees to perish)."Plant experts include Vince Urbina of the Colorado Forest Service, who will talk about plant selection and planting practices. Susan Rose of the Tri-River Area Extension will present on insects and diseases in the Grand Valley.Mesa County Weed and Pest coordinator Melissa Werkmeister will talk about noxious weeds.The workshop will take place outside at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens' amphitheater, unless it rains. In that case, the location will move to the Lincoln Park Barn.Attendees will receive a pocket weed guide, and the chance to win other door prizes, Rizza said.To register by the Oct. 26 deadline, visit

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