“A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke [of the axe] he is writing his signature on the face of the land.” Aldo Leopold Proper tree care is crucial to a healthy, beautiful and inviting yard. Keeping that shade tree's canopy vigorous lets you enjoy a lovely nap in the afternoon heat. Quality pruning allows landscaped shrubs to put their energy into beautiful flowers rather than unsightly wounds. And knowing a dangerous branch lets you avoid damage to your house or others out enjoying the yard. The Backyard Arborist course will focus on learning hands-on skills that you can take home to your yard to help ensure the vigour and beauty of your trees and shrubs. Over the four hours, participants will learn proper pruning techniques to help maintain healthy, attractive and safe trees; transplanting methods for ensuring healthy root growth with little die-back; and how to plant so that your young trees and shrubs will thrive and prosper. These skills will help gardeners of any variety enjoy, enhance, and improve their yards, hedges, and gardens when at home or at the cottage. The course runs from 9am until 1pm on Saturday, November 4th at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre on the Macphail Homestead in Orwell. The total cost for the course will be $45.