Technical Training: Pruning, Softscape and Hardscape School

by Rachelle Kemp on October 4, 2018

This year, The Grounds Guys is hosting technical training with three schools in one event! The Grounds Guys’ corporate team and A.M. Leonard is co-hosting Pruning, Softscape and Hardscape School October 10-11, 2018 in Piqua, Ohio. Find out why pruning is one of the most important services we offer, while it’s also among the most difficult.


Proper plant identification is essential to know when, how and why the plant needs pruning. Cutting off buds the wrong time of the year will prevent the showy blooms that is usually the desirable feature of the plant. Trimming back too early can result in plants becoming susceptible to freezing temperatures thus killing or stunting new growth. Not knowing the natural shape of a plant can prove treacherous when a desirable plant is butchered. The time is now to get the right education in place to train the team and prevent these common mistakes!

Using the wrong or unsharpened tool can also cause damage to the desirable landscape. Keeping blades sharp and clean are just as important on pruning tools as mower blades. Diseases caused by bacteria and viruses can transfer from tools to a susceptible host plant causing damage or even death. All these factors will be discussed the first day of Pruning School.

The afternoon session will focus on plant identification and hands-on pruning. Watching videos and reading materials are helpful, but they do not compare to seeing the proper tool used safely and precision cuts to satisfy the plant’s needs and the clients desires. A.M. Leonard will provide tools for the attendees to utilize in the actual setting of a landscape. Bring your work gloves and clothes and be ready to get hands on!


As promised, we will also incorporate hardscape the second day of the school. A paver patio is on the agenda for all attendees to get instructions on base material, proper installation, measuring and pricing. This is the perfect opportunity to add hardscape to list of services by franchisees. We will have actual installation of pavers to create an outdoor living space. Bring work attire again for the outdoors. It’s all hands-on deck for this project!

This is our last scheduled technical school for 2018. Do not miss the opportunity to learn the correct way to prune and hardscape to set the bar for other landscapers!

Working Agenda

Day 1 Objective: Learn the proper pruning equipment, safety and techniques. Identification of perennials, shrubs and trees with hands-on pruning.

Day 2 Objective: Installing an actual hardscape patio for A.M. Leonard’s own Shelly Campbell with additional plant identification and possible pruning.

Topics Include:
*Pruning Equipment & Safety
*Proper Pruning Techniques 
*Perennial Identification
*Shrub Identification
*Tree Identification
*Tree & Shrub Insect Identification
*Tree & Shrub Disease Identification
*Tree & Shrub Environmental Stress Identification

Please plan to attend and to learn a lot of great information to help grow your business! Please contact your franchise consultant if you have any questions about the school.

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Click Here to Register!
$50 per individual ** Lunch included for each day**

Hotels and Airport Information

Fairfield Inn & Suites Troy
83 Troy Town Drive
Troy, OH 45373
(937) 332-1446

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Troy
60 Troy Town Drive
Troy, OH 45373
(937) 332-1700

Hampton Inn Troy
45 Troy Town Drive
Troy, OH 45373
(937) 339-7801

Airport Information:

Dayton International Airport 3600 Terminal Drive Dayton, OH 45377

Topics: Technical Training

Rachelle Kemp

Technical Services Specialist



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