Caring for Trees after the Storm Workshop – April 29

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – Two forestry specialists will be onsite to answer homeowner’s questions during a tree workshop hosted by SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

“The ice storm that moved through the Sioux Empire left thousands of broken and damaged trees in its wake. Many tree owners are looking out at their bent and broken trees and wondering whether the trees can be saved and if so, how,” said John Ball, SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist.

Ball will help tree owners make informed decisions during the workshop held April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls, 2001 East 8th Street.

Ball will lead the workshop with Rick Mayko, Community Forester. They will discuss and demonstrate how tree owner can decide whether a tree is worth saving and the pruning and repair techniques that can be done to restore a tree during this growing season. They will also cover repairing ice-damaged shrubs, evergreens and fruit trees. Tips on hiring a tree company to perform work on larger trees will also be discussed.

They will also cover the best trees to plant in the Sioux Falls area.

This event is free and open to the public.

If you are unable to attend the event, visit to learn more about repairing storm damaged trees.