Synopses & Reviews
It sounds simple enough, but pruning can confound even the most competent gardener. This new edition of Taunton’s award-winning book explains the do’s and don’ts of cutting back; from humble houseplants to the most amazing exotics, readers learn how to make the right cut the first time, every time. With straightforward prose, over 250 photographs, and 135 drawings, this essential reference walks gardeners through the process of pruning everything from ornamental trees and bushes to topiaries and bonsai. The author, Lee Reich, is a respected horticulturist who writes frequently on gardening subjects. Here, he demystifies the timing and techniques that result in the most successful pruning for healthy growth and good form. Updated with the latest information and enhanced illustrations, this book belongs in every gardener’s library, whether he or she is a professional, a landscaping veteran, or is pruning for the very first time.
Reviews of the previous edition: “With its straightforward prose and diagram, The Pruning Book is a good antidote to ‘pruning panic’, an affliction known to experienced and novice gardeners alike.” Country Living Gardener “Reich does a super job of simplifying what can be a confusing topic. . .Lots of pictures and sketches help immensely…At last someone has laid out the ground rules to decipher the mess once and for all.” --Sunday Patriot-News “A more detailed approach and covers a wide variety of plants. . . Of particular value are the explanations of timing and techniques for pruning deciduous ornamental bushes.” --Detroit News and Free Press “The author is an accomplished horticulturist and garden writer, and he melds these two talents to achieve a book that is both informative and easy to read…This book should be in the library of all serious gardeners and landscape maintainers.”--HortScience
Every gardener knows that pruning makes plants healthier, more fruitful, and more beautiful. But most gardeners wince at the thought of pruning. In The Pruning Book, master horticulturist Lee Reich provides a remedy for "fear of pruning, " making this dreaded task almost fun. In easy-to-read, engaging language, Reich gives specific methods for pruning hundreds of species from the cold climates to the tropics. He covers every type of plant, from ornamental bushes, evergreens, ornamental vines, and edible fruit and nut trees to houseplants. For those with special pruning interests Reich also gives time-tested advice for bonsai, topiary, espalier, and pleaching. He even takes a fresh look at such routine chores as mowing a lawn, including his own strategy for creating "lawn nouveau." With this witty and useful reference, any gardener can learn to like pruning.
About the Author
Lee Reich is an author, lecturer, and consultant whose books include "The Pruning Book" and "Weedless Gardening". Reich grows a broad assortment of fruit plants in his own garden, which has been featured in the "New York Times, Organic Gardening", and "Martha Stewart Living".