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    Be prudent when planning pruning

    BY JOHN KARLIK Contributing writer
    Friday, Nov 21 2014 04:23 PM

    Autumn days bring cooler temperatures, fall color development in the landscape, and the sound of chain saws echoing through city streets. Although shade trees may be pruned in autumn as a matter of routine, pruning should not be considered an annual necessity, especially if structure has been established when trees were young. Many shade trees will grow well without annual pruning, and severe pruning is damaging to most tree species. The first question to ask before pruning is "Why?" Pruning should proceed only if specific reasons exist and clear goals have been established.

    Pruning may be required for the following reasons: Structure: Shade trees should have a central leader with scaffold branches spaced one to three feet apart....

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    Larger tree pruning jobs may require arborist

    Although we may have the tools to prune smaller trees, for pruning of larger trees it may be advisable or necessary to hire an arborist. As an adviser with the UC Cooperative Extension, I often receive calls asking for a recommendation of...

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    RICHARD SHIELL: Making mulch ado about something

    Those of us who remember one dollar gasoline and penny candy are sometimes taken aback at long-term price rises. Twenty years ago you could get a bag of excellent compost at the supermarket for the same price as a loaf of enriched bread. A...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Thanksgiving is the story of my life in five acts

    When we are children, we believe that our families will always be the same. Time moves slowly, and we don't understand that a future awaits in which family members will be born, or die, or marry into other families, or stray, or become...

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    'Jurassic Park' kicks off new Cinertain movie series

    The Cinertain Drive-In team thinks it's hit a home run with a new partnership that will let the business show drive-in movies on a regular basis. Together with the Northwest Bakersfield Baseball Association, Cinertain will begin to show...

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    Museum gets major boost for research center

    Groundbreaking shovels are the celebrities of the hand-tool community -- they come out only for VIP appearances, never do any of the dirty work and then slink from view when the cameras stop clicking. They're such a rare breed, in fact,...

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    HERB BENHAM: Saving her life saved his too

    Caryn has a new kidney, Darren a new start and as of Oct. 25, when they were married, a new life together. Hard to know which had the bigger problem. Start with 55-year-old Darren Sauro. On Nov. 14, 2008, he lost his Los Angeles home in...

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    HERB BENHAM: Computer virus spreads goodwill

    Recently a virus took over my computer and sent emails to everybody in my address book about a wealth management program offered through Wells Fargo Bank. My druthers would have been to blame it on my friend Gene because the first email...


    Livestock families want answer from fair

    The Kern County Fair's chief executive and members of the livestock community clashed again this week at a meeting of the fair's board of directors. At issue Monday was whether the 2015 fair would include a class of cattle introduced into...


    Outlets, CASA team up to help foster children

    Appealing to Bakersfield's philanthropic power shoppers, the Outlets at Tejon has partnered with CASA of Kern County to make the holidays a bit brighter for local foster children with the Giving Tree. Now through Dec. 13, visit the tree...

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    Children in need await your love

    The timing of the family Brenda and Jason Haught hoped to have when they were college sweethearts didn't turn out exactly as planned but they feel blessed with the result. "Right from the beginning our goal was to adopt," said Mrs. Haught...

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    Eat -- a lot -- drink and be merry

    A word of advice to anyone attending Bakersfield Uncorked this weekend: Come hungry. "Don't eat before leaving the house!" said Mandy Herp, one of the event organizers and treasurer-elect of the Junior League of Bakersfield, which puts on...


    Trot or treat? You can do both at annual fundraiser

    If you want to put the giving in Thanksgiving this year, look no farther than the seventh annual Bakersfield Turkey Trot, hosted by the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Whatever your skill level may be, the Turkey Trot promises a race that...

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