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Pruning 2.0: Hands-on tree care, overhead tree pruning, & overhead utility line safety workshop

February 18, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am


Starts at 9am
Done by noon

Cost: $5

NE corner of 9th Avenue and University Blvd.
Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood, Tucson, Arizona 85705

Open to all. Learn how you can organize similar Neighborhood Forester efforts in your neighborhood.

This workshop will cover foundational pruning, tree care, and mulching; though focuses on pruning overhead with pole saws, pole loppers, and other hand tools. It also offers guidance in avoiding tree conflicts (and potential fire threats) with overhead power lines.

All work will be done while standing on the ground.

After demonstration we will move to adjoining parts of the neighborhood to get supervised hands-on experience as we help prune native food-bearing trees and shrubs in our neighborhood’s public rights-of-way.

Participating in this workshop is required to be able to access the pole saw and pole lopper tools from the Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Foresters tool library.

Professional-grade pole lopper, extension pole, and pole saw available for Level 2 and up Neighborhood Foresters to check out. Pole tools and regular hand loppers on left are available for all to use at our workshops and Work & Learn stewarding parties.

Professionals can get continued education credits for the workshop from instructor Aleck.

Instructors: certified arborist Aleck MacKinnon of the Pedaling Arborist, assisted by Brad Lancaster of the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Foresters.

Bring pruning tools if you have them. We’ll provide for those that don’t.

Also bring water and snacks, and dress (sun hat, gloves, etc.) to be working outdoors in the sun.


Options for prunings:
• Reuse as a soil- and fertility-building mulch
after cutting up the prunings into 4-inch or shorter pieces

• Feed desired prunings to neighborhood goats

• Brush & Bulky will take your prunings away for free
if they are 5 feet or shorter in length
Scheduled 2022 brush & bulky pick up in the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood is:
January 2, 2023
July 3, 2023

For brush & bulky pick up dates in other Tucson neighborhoods see here


February 18, 2023
9:00 am - 11:30 am


Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Foresters