Cass Turnbull, the national expert who founded PlantAmnesty to "end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs," offers a timely lesson on how to prune on the March episode of Bellevue Television's "It's Your City" program.
"It's Your City" is an award-winning monthly television magazine on Bellevue TV, Channel 21 in Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland, and streamed from the city website.
In addition to the lesson on pruning, the March episode of "It's Your City" features:
- Parks facilities nearing completion -- The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, which will include a "treehouse" extending out over the Slough; the Crossroads Water Spray Park; and a new outdoor skateboarding plaza at Highland Community Center.
- Arbor Day/Earth Day -- Volunteers are already coming forward for the April 19 planting event at Lewis Creek Park.
- Volunteer recognition -- A ceremony at the North Bellevue Community Center puts volunteers in the spotlight. In 2007, 168 people provided Bellevue with more than 19,000 volunteer hours of service.
With spring around the corner, homeowners are venturing out in the yard to prune. Intending to slow or direct the growth of bushes, shrubs and trees, they often do the opposite, shearing wildly and causing dozens of new shoots to sprout.
Turnbull, a Seattle landscaper who's written books and lectures regularly on pruning reform, shows you how you can avoid the "hydra effect" with selective thinning. As Turnbull notes, a well-pruned plant is "open and airy, instead of a big, clunky blob of green."
The City of Bellevue produces "It's Your City" with assistance from students enrolled in Bellevue Community College's advanced video production program.
The show has won first-place awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors in 2007 and 2006.
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