4-Part Pruning Woody Landscape Plants Course

Pruning Course participant practices pruning a crabapple tree practices pruning a crabapple tree.
Pruning Course participant Gordon Lyman practices pruning a crabapple tree.

Saturdays, March 24 and 31, April 7 and 14, 2018
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Snow day: Saturday, April 21

This workshop is geared toward the back-yard gardener as well as those working in a related field.

Cost: $55.00
Location: University of Maine Cooperative Extension Hancock County, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Space is limited to 17 participants


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  • Saturday, March 24, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Introduction: Essentials of Pruning
    Pruning flowering shrubs
    Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator
  • Saturday, March 31, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Formative and Restorative Pruning of Landscape Trees
    Dr. Reeser C. Manley, Horticulturist
  • Saturday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Pruning Small Fruits (high bush blueberries, grapes, brambles)
    Dr. David Handley, UMaine Extension Small Fruit Specialist
  • Saturday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Pruning Fruit Trees, Young and Old
    Brett Johnston, Orchardist
  • Saturday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Hold: Snow date

Textbook provided: The Pruning Book: Revised and Updated, by Lee Reich, 2010

What to Bring

On each of the four days, we’ll be spending part of the session outside pruning. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a thermos of something hot to drink.

Tools needed for the course:

  • 1 pair hand pruners
  • 1 pruning saw (7” – 13” blade)
  • 1 pair loppers
  • safety glasses and gloves

If you are going to purchase new tools and don’t know what kind to buy or where to get them, wait until after the first class.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sue Baez at 207.667-8212 or 800.287.1479 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.