Take the Confusion out of Pruning

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

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Love your garden again

At some point, all gardens overgrow their design. What looked beautiful when you planted it, now looks crowded and messy. 

Good pruning makes the difference between a good looking garden and an overgrown one. But you don't know where to start! Pruning has so many rules and can seems impossible to master.

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Sure, you could sift through YouTube videos and hope to piece together enough information 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 no-nonsense lessons that you can put into play right away. 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. 

Sections Include:

Common Plant Complaints - too tall, too wide, etc - and what to do about them

How to assess your plant and see exactly what it needs

Different plant types, and how you handle each

When to prune everything

Weeping trees (like Japanese Maples)

How to know when a plant can be saved, and when it can't

Renovation pruning - reboot an overgrown plant

Fruit trees

Untangling Vines


And More!

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"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!"


"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. "


"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? "



Every new member gets a copy of my ebook, The Pruner's Eye Guide to Pruning, a collection of tips and specifics for the most common plants I encounter. The tips and advice in here are the things you pick up after pruning for many years. Navigate your garden with more confidence knowing you are giving each plant just what it wants.


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, you can learn to prune with skill and confidence. 


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