A free workshop, Planning and Planting Hedgerows and Windbreaks, will be held Saturday, May 26, at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre in Orwell at 10 a.m.
Hedgerows are an important part of today’s Island landscape – providing a long list of benefits for humans and wildlife. They protect from the wind, help slow soil erosion and create privacy. They also provide food, homes and protection for everything from flickers to flying squirrels.
Participants in this workshop will learn about assessing site conditions and planning the planting. There are many native plants that can be hedged, including cedar and hemlock in the right conditions. And the list of plants that readily adapt to windbreaks include trees such as white spruce and red oak and shrubs such as chokecherry and willow. Windbreaks can be hedges or full-sized trees, a single row or two or three rows, just trees or a mix of trees and shrubs.
There will also be a discussion on identifying native plants, when they bloom, what types of wildlife will make use of them and their fall colours.
After selecting the right plants, proper planting and maintenance techniques are important and will be discussed, including the timing of the planting, watering, mulching and pruning.
No registration is necessary. Participants are advised to bring good walking shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather conditions, as there will be an outside component to the talk. For more information, call 902-651-2575, check out macphailwoods.org or visit on Facebook.