Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

This online course for landscape professionals and home gardeners covers pruning basics: how trees and shrubs grow, when and how to prune, and safety and tools.
Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 5
Length: 3 hours
Language: English

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How do you know how much to remove when you’re pruning, where to cut, and when to prune different types of trees and shrubs? Do you understand how trees and shrubs grow, and how they respond to pruning?

This course answers these questions and more. It is designed to help landscape professionals and home gardeners learn to prune shrubs, small flowering trees, and young shade trees to create a strong, well-spaced framework for future growth. You’ll learn about how proper pruning techniques will improve the appearance and health of trees and shrubs.

After completing the course, you will be familiar with — and confident about — the hows and whys of pruning.

Who is this for?

Beginning Landscapers, Landscape Professionals, Home Gardeners

What will you learn?

You will learn how to:

  • recognize the reasons to prune
  • select and use the appropriate tools for pruning
  • understand tree and shrub structure
  • know how plants respond to pruning
  • determine how to choose and make different types of pruning cuts
  • plan when in the seasonal cycle to prune various types of trees and shrubs


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