Front Royal group to host tree care classes

That tree in your yard looks sick. Is it infested? Should you cut it down? What if you ignore it? Will it spread to the other trees?

Anyone seeking answers to these questions or seeking general arboreal knowledge can attend the “All About Trees” class series. The program is hosted by the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards and touches on proper tree planting, maintenance and pruning support in Front Royal starting in September.

Students can enroll in the entire program or individual classes. Different tree experts in the area will teach each class.

Sari Carp enrolled in the program two years ago and is now a tree steward. She said the tree knowledge gained in the class can help anywhere from identifying trees on neighborhood walks to taking care of the trees in one’s own backyard.

“Pruning isn’t a no-brainer activity,” Carp said. “There’s a right way to prune and a wrong way to prune, and that wrong way can kill the tree.”

Carp said additional information students will walk away with should include skills in tree identification, native trees versus invasive species, how to prune effectively, how to maintain trees, and how to plant a new tree.

The classes will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings from Sept. 6 to Oct. 18 at the Warren County Government Center. There will also be five half-day classes on Saturdays covering more hands-on topics.

The cost for the entire class is $60, or $90 per couple with materials included. Individual class sessions cost $10.

For more information on the class, visit the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards website at

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or