Ivy Academy Hosts Save Georgia’s Hemlocks For Free Hemlock Help Clinic

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ivy Academy will host Save Georgia’s Hemlocks’ Donna Shearer for a free Hemlock Help Clinic on Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in the community is welcome to attend. You will gain information about the invasive insect that’s killing our hemlocks, what can be done to save these valuable trees, and why it’s urgent to take action now.  You’ll learn how to recognize the problem, easy and inexpensive treatment you can do yourself, how to find qualified service professionals, and there will be healthy hemlock saplings available for adoption.

Hemlocks are vital to the health of our forests and waterways, the economic vitality of local recreation and tourism industries, and the beauty and value of both private property and the area in general, organizers stated. ISA-certified arborists can get 1 Continuing Education Unit for attendance.

Register online at ivyacademychattanooga.com.  For more information, call Holly Slater at
423-653-5161.  You can also email  Hslater@IvyAcademyChattanooga.com or Tegan_aldrich@yahoo.com.  Ivy Academy is located at 8443 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy.



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