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Introduction to Pruning Techniques


Course Code: AL0208WA22

Intro to Pruning Techniques Class

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Date & Time

August 31, 2021
9:00am - 11:00am EDT (Log-in time: 8:30am EDT)


"Bruce Crawford is great. I always learn something from him and recommend this class for anyone who wants a better understanding of when, why and how to prune correctly."
-Glenn Prince, Owner of Garden Keeper Landscape Company

This two-hour online class will teach you how to properly prune while preserving a plant's natural vigor and beauty. Learn the science behind pruning – what, when, where, and why. Learn how to properly prune specific plants, as well as techniques for pruning.

Topics include:

  • Basics of Pruning
    • Tools and Maintenance Tips
    • Why Prune at All?
    • Timing of Pruning
  • Pruning Shrubs
    • Internal Plant Mechanics
    • Pruning Hedges (To Shear or Not to Shear)
    • Renewal Pruning
    • Pruning Flowering Shrubs (Rejuvenation Pruning)
  • Pruning Roses, Small Trees, Thoughts on Shade Trees
    • Pruning Roses
    • Pruning Evergreens
    • Small Tree Pruning
    • Pruning Shade Trees and Planting for a Healthy Future

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Meet Your Instructor

Bruce Crawford, online plant pruning course instructor.Bruce Crawford

A longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants, Bruce had his own design/build garden design business for nearly 25 years that specialized in plantings for year-round interest. One of those gardens was published in Fine Gardening Magazine! For 15 years, Bruce was the Director of Rutgers Gardens, the botanical garden for Rutgers University, and he is currently the State Program Leader for Home and Public Horticulture with the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station. He has also been an instructor in the Landscape Architecture program at Rutgers University since 1987. Bruce also lectures frequently to various groups and for continuing education programs.


**PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive recertification credits for any of our online courses, you will need to upload a photo ID and your license number before the class. You will be sent an email approximately one week prior to the class with instructions. If you do not upload this information, you will NOT be able to attend.

NJ Licensed Tree Experts

NJ Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
2 Technical

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Credits

NJ Urban and Community Forestry Continuing Education Units

Early Registration Fee $150.00 Register on or before August 24, 2021 and save!
Registration Fee $165.00 After August 24, 2021
Cancellation Fee $35.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via Zoom. Registration will close on August 29, 2021. On August 30, you will receive an email with a link and instructions explaining how to access the course. On August 31, please log in to Zoom 30 minutes before the course start time for a brief overview of the online format. The course will start promptly at 9:00 am EDT.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is necessary if you'd like to ask questions.
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Registration will close at 3pm on August 29, 2021.

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Beth Perez, 848-932-7483

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Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.