Emma Erler
Extension Field Specialist
University of New Hampshire

Erler, E.*1,
1 Program Coordinator, Education Center, UNH Cooperative Extension, Goffstown, NH, 03045

The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide home gardeners and early-career landscape professionals with an introduction to basic pruning techniques and principles. It is intended to provide a starting point for those that are new to pruning ornamental trees and shrubs. The need for a fact sheet of this type was demonstrated through the submission of nearly 600 pruning questions to the UNH Extension home gardener Infoline service in the 2018/2019 program year. I was responsible for writing the fact sheet, as well as drawing all of the illustrations. To date, it has been shared at two ornamental tree and shrub pruning demonstrations that hosted 42 participants, and was sent in an electronic newsletter on March 2, 2020 to 3,508 active subscribers. It is also available online on the UNH Extension website.