Pruning/Hardscape/Softscape School Key Takeaways

by Rachelle Kemp on November 5, 2018

The 2018 Pruning/Hardscape/Softscape School had another big success this year in new knowledge obtained and hands-on experience for our franchisees that attended. Read on to view event photos and key takeaways from the jam-packed two-day agenda!

We thank Shelly Campbell and AM Leonard for hosting our event again this year in Piqua, Ohio! We built a paver patio at Shelly’s house and were served lunch both days plus a showing party with dinner for our fellow franchisee Brian Gray on HGTV Property Brothers. We identified all of her plants and any pests or special tidbits for care about each one.

Pruning was performed sometimes in the soft rain, but the evergreen wall of cypresses embracing us in her backyard, is something we will all remember. The food was awesome and the fellowship with our franchisees was amazing! Shelly opened her home (inside and out) for The Grounds Guys, and everyone learned a lot, laughed with one another and loved every minute of it!!

First Day Takeaways:

  • A well-structures base done right the first time makes laying the pavers much faster. Call before you dig!
  • Use the correct depth and materials for the base to create a strong foundation.
  • Leveling is crucial for proper drainage. A gentle slope will deter the water from structures. Using a rotary laser level is helpful.
  • Visit your local supply yard to get the right names of the materials, pricing and different sizes that are available in the region.
  • Use the right tools and do not skimp on quality- AM Leonard offers nearly all of the tools we used.
Day Two Highlights:
  • Pruning is more than cutting! The time of year, where on the plant, how far back, and what tool were all discussed and learned for basic plant types.
  • Proper identification on pests and diseases are essential for when, why and how to control.
  • There are certain pests and diseases that are targeting plants in different parts of the country. Staying on top of this is crucial to provide the “above the line,” service as a Grounds Guys.
  • Continue to educate yourself for the latest plant varieties in your area. Knowing the plant will help identify problems and understand treatments and proper pruning methods.
  • Keep tools sharp and sanitized- again all of them are available at AM Leonard.

Pictured: Finished patio, Debris after pruning, Pruning two very large hydrangeas, and a few of the franchisees stuck around for group pictures both days.

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Rachelle Kemp

Technical Services Specialist

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