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PRUNING BASICS Tools * Techniques * Timing

David Squire

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ISBN 10: 0806951133 / ISBN 13: 9780806951133
Published by Sterling, New York, 2001
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Title: PRUNING BASICS Tools * Techniques * Timing

Publisher: Sterling, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Softcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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“Gives excellent, thorough advice on what to prune when and how to go about it, with clear, easy-to-read diagrams and lots of them. It will help you achieve full bloom, healthy growth and proper shaping for any kind of shrub or small tree.”—Chicago Tribune. “A must read which uncovers the basics and theories on the mysteries of pruning.”—Flower & Garden


Pruning has always seemed like a chore, but after reading Pruning Basics it actually sounds like fun. And not just fun, but an accomplishment. Instead of holding your breath and hacking off dead-looking branches, Pruning Basics teaches you how to prune in style by using the right tools and doing it at the right time of year. "Few gardening techniques have been cloaked in as much mystique as pruning," says author David Squire, "yet basically it is a simple and logical process."

Pruning is done not only to keep your garden or yard looking lovely, but also to eradicate dead and dusty growth and to encourage new shoots. How often and much to prune depends on the variety of plant, shrub, or tree. The book has chapters on shrubs, roses, climbing plants, trees, hedges and topiaries, fruit trees, and soft fruit. Each chapter gives explicit details on the technique for trimming that type of plant and how far down to trim. Many drawings and full-color photos accompany the instructions. At the end of each chapter is a listing of suggested plants, including their Latin names and descriptions. Roses, though a scrub, get their own chapter because Squire wants to do away with the myth that roses are difficult to cultivate. Established bushes are best pruned in the spring and very sharp secauters are necessary. The chapter on topiaries is informative as well as entertaining. "There is a certain romance about topiary," Squire says, but warns, "never be too ambitious to begin with: an identifiable sphere, cone, or small bird is better than a deformed kangaroo." Besides instructing how to prune, Squire suggests the best tools to use for each job and how to keep them in tip-top shape. A great guide for any gardener, Pruning Basics will inspire you to keep your garden clean and beautiful. --Dana Van Nest

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