Heritage trees at Parker’s Landing Historical Park in Washougal will be getting a free makeover on Jan. 30 thanks to Cascade Tree Works. There are seven heritage trees at the park including five apple trees, a cherry tree and English walnut.
Crews will be pruning the trees to remove dead or diseased branches and cutting back other branches to prevent breakage from heavy fruit years or weather. During a recent storm, one heritage apple tree lost a major branch.
According to the company, pruning the trees is important for safety but also keeps the trees healthy and vibrant. In Washington, fruit trees are typically pruned from mid-December to mid-April. Because walnut trees are susceptible to blight, major pruning is done during this dormant period.
The WSU Master Gardener Program of Clark County, which oversees the heritage tree program, will have a booth at the second annual Parkersville Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 3 at the Parker’s Landing Historical Park. An arborist will be available to answer questions about the heritage trees and pruning and give a walking tour of the park.
For more information about the park, go to https://www.facebook.com/ParkersLandingHistoricalPark.