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Prune Your Plants with Confidence
Taking a pair of loppers or pruners to a favorite plant can be a terrifying moment for any gardener. That’s natural, but not necessary. With the right information you can take the fear away and pruning with the confidence that only come from the knowledge that you’ll you’re treating your cherished plants properly. In Pruning: An Illustrated Guide,
lifelong master gardener Judy Lowe shows you the ins and outs of pruning—when to prune, how to prune, and why we need to prune. Using beautifully drawn and detailed illustrations and precise, step-by-step instructions, Judy takes the uncertainty and fear out of “pruning panic.” Here’s what you’ll find in Pruning: An Illustrated Guide
: - Know how to make the right cut—the first time and every time
- All commonly grown plants are covered, from trees (including fruit trees) and shrubs to roses and other perennials
- Understand the basic science of plant growth, and when to prune most plants
- Covers all the pruning essentials (Hint: You don’t have to know everything to prune effectively) Before you pick up another pair of hand pruners, loppers, or a pruning saw—hoping that you don’t make a mistake—pick up your copy of Pruning: An Illustrated Guide.
In Pruning: An Illustrated Guide, award-winning gardening writer Judy Lowe imparts over two decades of expertise, focusing on the most common backyard pruning needs for the most commonly grown landscape plants.
Lifelong gardener Judy Lowe gives you the knowledge to make the right cut the first time. "Pruning panic" is an all-too-familiar feeling among even experienced gardeners, but it's especially prevalent among those of us who are new to the practice. In Pruning: An Illustrated Guide, award-winning gardening writer Judy Lowe imparts over two decades of expertise, focusing on the most common backyard pruning needs for the most commonly grown landscape plants. From trees and shrubs to hydrangeas, azaleas, roses, and other perennials, Lowe takes an in-depth approach to all the pruning essentials. Throughout the book, her advice is accompanied by brilliantly detailed step-by-step line drawings that clearly demonstrate where and how to make precise, effective cuts. Lowe removes all intimidation from the pruning process: beyond the craft itself, you'll gain an understanding of the basic science behind plant growth, why plants need pruning, when they'll need it, and how pruning techniques can vary between plant species. So the next time you pick up a pruning saw or a pair of loppers, panic will be the furthest thing from your mind--and from your garden.
Using humorous cartoons and informative illustrations directed towards the homeowner, property manager, or future landscaper, this book provides an awareness of every encounterable landscape situation, the best products to purchase, and detailed explanations on how to perform assorted landscaping jobs. This is not another how-to book, but rather a reference with guidelines to maintain an understanding on various landscaping situations and what to expect when an area warrants professional help. Featured inside are tips and tricks for: lawn care, watering, drainage, planting beds, trees, shrubs, lighting, driveways, patios, walkways, retaining walls, water features, and flowers. At the conclusion of each chapter is a summary with an area of “Beware,” which highlights the most important aspects of the chapter, and a section, titled “Saving the Green,” which notes how to save money while being mindful of everyday landscaping decisions that affect the environment.
About the Author
Judy Lowe (Columbia, SC) has loved gardening her whole life and has been writing about it for more than twenty-five years. Lowe has been the garden editor of many newspapers, including the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and, most recently, the Christian Science Monitor in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been very active in the Garden Writers Association, a garden writers group consisting of more than 2,000 members, having served on the board for fourteen years and as president for two years. Lowe's eleven previous books include several for Cool Springs Press--Herbs!: Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects (2011), Tennessee and Kentucky Gardener's Guide (2005), and Month-by-Month Gardening in Tennessee and Kentucky (2003)--as well as Ortho's All About Pruning (Ortho, 2009). Judy has been honored numerous times by the Garden Writer's Association, the National Garden Bureau, and many other gardening groups.