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I Take the Confusion Out of Pruning

 Your garden looked so nice when the plants went in. But oh how they've grown! Shrubs are smothering the plants around them, vines have run haywire, and it's all starting to have a wild, almost abandoned look (at least, it feels that way).


Pruning seems so confusing - who can remember all those do's and don'ts? You don't want to mess anything up, but letting your plants go just isn't working! 


Having a guide is the best way to skip a lot of the error in "trial and error". You don't want to dedicate tons of time to sorting through conflicting advice online. You want someone who can show you what to do to improve your pruning NOW. 


Introducing The Pruning Playbook, an online pruning course to take all the confusion out of pruning and give you your garden back.

I'm going to tell you a secret

Pruning isn't nearly as confusing as it seems. In The Pruning Playbook, I lay out exactly what you need to know to beautifully prune your plants.

 Stop second-guessing and get right to good pruning. 



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Pruning is easier than you think!

Sure, you could sift through YouTube videos and hope to piece together enough know-how to take into the garden. Or you can take a shortcut.

I know you don't need one more thing on your to-do list. You don't need lists of rules to memorize. You need straight-forward, actionable information that you can put into play. With The Pruning Playbook, you'll come away with a game plan that you can use to approach any plant confidently. 

What's in the course?

From flowering shrubs to fruit trees, and from vines to renovation pruning, The Pruning Playbook covers everything you need to take care of any plant in your yard. Instead of focusing plant-by-plant, I show you how to approach any plant and figure out how to make it look its best.

As soon as you sign up, you'll get instant access to the course, which is broken down into easy-to-digest modules. watch them at your own speed - all at once, or one at a time. 

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"I learned so much from this course! The approach is down to earth, yet packed with information. Seeing the decisions Ellie makes as she prunes is very helpful! Overall a great course, I would recommend it for beginners and more experienced people looking for help pruning specific things. "


"As a keen gardener, but a total novice, I'm sure my most googled phrase was "when do I prune xyz...?" This easy-to-follow course took all the confusion out of pruning! Ellie's detailed video advice was invaluable and gave me the confidence to start shaping my garden. The format of the course, being in easy-to-digest weekly modules, prevented my becoming overwhelmed. Throw in a little homework and I was outside pruning away in no time! Highly recommend this course!"


"After having lived in the city with a concrete patio for a yard for many years, we recently moved to the suburbs to an actual yard with living plants. It had been neglected for the past few years and I felt the need to get things under control. I must confess that my training was non-existent, and my methods bordered along the lines of Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Fortunately, not long after, I found Ellie Bender and The Pruners Eye. There truly is a method to the madness. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to learn the proper way to prune and what time of year to do so to maximize the health and beauty of your plants. My wife and I have become obsessed with pruning, always on the lookout for our next project. It is fun and rewarding. Who knew? "


I make pruning make sense!

I'm Ellie Bender. I'm an arborist and pruning coach. But before that, I was a gardener who thought pruning was something I couldn't grasp. I know how confusing pruning is when you're starting out, and I know how satisfying it is when you get the hang of it! 

Even if you are a new gardener who doesn't know eleagnus from elephants, or secateurs from suction cups, you can learn to prune with skill and confidence. 

The Pruning Playbook comes with a 30-day money back guarantee - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Imagine the satisfaction of a well-pruned garden. Of knowing your plants are going to be healthy and beautiful for a long time. Imagine your friends and neighbors admiring (and maybe being a little jealous of) your garden. Pruning is a skill you can learn. It's easier than you think, and I'm ready to show you how.

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