Ready to grow a new branch of gardening skills? Join experts Michael Alliger and John Valenzuela as they demystify the art of pruning Japanese maples and grafting fruit trees. You’ll discover a range of practical horticultural techniques that will help you find and reveal both the beauty and growth potential of your trees.
Meet aesthetic pruner Michael Alliger, who starts class by explaining what tools you’ll need, then demonstrates the three basic pruning cuts: thinning, heading and re-leadering. Learn how to angle cuts for optimal healing and how to avoid common beginner mistakes.
Watch and learn as Michael prunes an upright Japanese maple tree from start to finish. There are no simple, hard-and-fast rules for pruning. Instead, discover the practical guidelines that sophisticated pruners use for assessment and action.
In this lesson, you'll see a weeping Japanese maple pruned methodically. Find out how to make a temporary cut, reduce crossing and dead branches and bring out the natural grace of the weeping form.
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