Tree care to be focus of county Neighborhood University class on July 25

Free session scheduled at Gulf Gate Library

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Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Services team is re-introducing Neighborhood University, a program “designed to help residents make informed decisions” in their neighborhoods, the county has announced.

Neighborhood University will present a Neighborhood-level Tree Careclass at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Gulf Gate Library, a news release says. This class will review reasons to incorporate trees into landscaping, offer information about how to do so, and provide details about proper tree maintenance and pruning and how to reduce pest problems and potential damages, the release adds.

Gulf Gate Library is located at 7112 Curtiss Ave. in Sarasota.

Miranda Lansdale, Neighborhood Services’ community outreach specialist, pointed out in the release that many residents and homeowner association board members may have little knowledge about topics such as landscaping, pond management, tree pruning and resource conservation as those issues relate to their communities. “Through Neighborhood University, we make it easier for residents to gain access to information on best practices for their neighborhoods,” Lansdale added in the release.

Each Neighborhood University class — which is free, the release notes — lasts one hour. County staff members serve as facilitators.

Six Neighborhood University classes have been approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for continuing education credits, the release notes.

Other classes available through Neighborhood University focus on neighborhood landscaping practices, stormwater management, energy and water conservation, and planning strategies, the release points out.

To register for classes or for more information on Neighborhood University and other programs provided by Neighborhood Services, visit the county website or call the county Contact Center at 861-5000.