Understand how plant growth and pruning are intertwined.
Pruning is one of the fundamental skills needed by gardeners and horticulturalists. However, it is much more involved than merely cutting off plant growth. There are many different reasons to prune, and there are many different ways to go about pruning. Some plants benefit immensely from pruning, some will produce better quality fruit, and others may fare far worse form being pruned.
This short course explains how plant growth and pruning are intertwined. It provides instruction on how to prune range of ornamental plants as well as important species like fruits and roses. Students will learn how to assess the pruning needs of plants and learn about good pruning practices. Furthermore, you’ll learn how to encourage fruiting and flowering, how to create topiary and espaliers, and how to make bonsai. Upon completion you will feel confident in your knowledge of how and when to prune all sorts of plants.
LESSON 1 INTRODUCTION
LESSON 2 TYPES OF PRUNING
LESSON 3 PRUNING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
LESSON 4 PRUNING HEDGES
LESSON 5 SHAPING PLANTS
LESSON 6 MANAGING PRUNINGS
LESSON 7 PRUNING FOR FRUIT PRODUCTION
LESSON 8 PRUNING ROSES
LESSON 9 COMPENDIUM OF PLANTS: HOW TO PRUNE WHAT AND WHEN
Pruning is a skill that every gardener needs to master -from home gardener to tradesman to professional.
There are thousands of different plants and every species needs to be pruned differently -depending upon the location and situation it grows in. All too often, plants are pruned poorly, leaving them unsightly and unhealthy. Bad pruning can destroy the health and aesthetics of a garden; but good pruning can enhance it.
Comment from John Mason Dip Hort Sc, FIOH, FCIH, FPLA
"All too often, people ask me if I can recommend a gardener who can prune properly, because their current gardener just can't. The skill of pruning starts with a good foundation, then builds over many years with experience and through observing the way plants regrow after you prune them. Over my 50 years in horticulture, I have seen a decline in the skill and expertise being practiced by gardeners. This course is an opportunity for you to set yourself on the path to gaining a skill that will set you above most others working in horticulture today".
Who is this Course intended for?
- Home gardeners who want to do a lot better in their gardens
- Anyone starting up or wanting to expand the range of services offered in a garden business (eg. A lawn mowing business, seeking to offer an expanded service. When mowing work declines in winter, you can have another source of income, pruning roses and fruit trees)
- Anyone seeking employment as a gardener. This course can give you knowledge and skill that sets you apart and gives an employer a reason to consider you above other applicants
- Garden managers seeking to train their staff
- Gardeners, nurserymen, landscapers or horticulturists wanting to fill in a gap in their skills set.