2-Part Introduction to Pruning Landscape Trees, Shrubs and Fruits

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

Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Maine, UMaine Extension has made the decision to cancel this event. We ask for your patience as we begin processing refunds. Thank you for your interest in this event and please do not hesitate to contact Sue Baez at 207.667.8212 or 800.287.1479 if you have questions.

Thursday, March 26 & April 9, 2020
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Snow day: Thursday, April 16

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

Cost: $30.00
Location: UMaine Extension Hancock County, 63 Boggy Brook Road, Ellsworth, Maine

Space is limited to 15 participants.

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  • Thursday, March 26, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Introduction: Essentials of Pruning flowering shrubs and small landscape trees
    Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator
    Reeser Manley, Horticulturist
  • Thursday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Pruning high bush blueberries, raspberries and fruit trees
    Marjorie Peronto, Extension Educator
    Brett Johnstobn, orchard owner
  • Thursday, April 16, 8:00 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 two 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.