Pruning Sheers

Science of Pruning [webinar]

Wed, 02/10/2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm

There is more to pruning than understanding how to make proper cuts. You also need to know how the plant will respond and what it will look like in the future. This should be dictated by the plant’s natural growth habit, growth rate, flowering season, height, and spread. All plants react to pruning cuts in essentially the same way; as long as you learn the general rules, you’ll be able to predict how your cuts will impact future growth. In this webinar from UNH Extension and UMaine Cooperative Extension, you will learn the science of pruning - helping take the guesswork out of pruning trees and shrubs in your home garden and landscape.

Emma Erler, horticulturist and UNH Extension's Education Center program coordinator, cuts to the chase. "Pruning can be intimidating if you don't understand how plants will respond to your cuts. How and where you prune will have a big influence on how plants heal and develop new growth. All plants respond to pruning cuts in essentially the same way, so as long as you learn the general rules you'll be able to predict how your cuts will impact future growth."

Emma Erler will present this webinar on the science of pruning. UNH Extension's Nate Bernitz will moderate.

Registration is required and a $5 donation is optional. Register on the event webpage to attend live or receive a link to the recording. This session is the first in a six-part winter gardening webinar series to be offered every other Wednesday through March for Granite State and Pine State gardeners.

Meet Our Presenter!

Emma Erler joined UNH Extension as the Education Center Program Coordinator in 2017. Her expertise is in landscape horticulture, and she works with Master Gardener volunteers to answer the thousands of questions submitted annually to the Infoline. She also designs and delivers workshops and presentations about gardening and nature for the state's gardening public. You can watch Emma on WMUR's Grow It Green and on Granite State Gardening, and read Emma's work in a variety of publications and throughout UNH Extension's website.

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at or 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.

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