Ron Carter, Tree Protection Officer for the District of Saanich, spoke to a crowd of treehuggers at Knockan Hill Park on Saturday. He showed us how to prune branches properly, how to look for signs of disease, and how to best care for our native trees. Ron warned us to avoid irrigating the root zones of Garry oaks in the summer to prevent root rot. He also recommended that people plant native species in their yards to support the park ecosystem. After his walk and talk, Ron handed out a thicket of Garry oak seedlings! Reminder: Join us next Saturday, June 14th at 1pm to watch the birds and the bees with Darren and Claudia Copley.