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 maintain
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. More than 250 photos and 135 drawings aid in this important gardening instruction.
About the Author
Lee Reich holds a doctorate in horticulture and has done extensive research on the subject of pruning. He is the author of several gardening books including "Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden" and "Weedless Gardening, " and has contributed to many more. He writes frequently for gardening magazines, including Taunton's "Fine Gardening." He lives in New Paltz, New York.
Table of Contents
Why Prune?Tools of the TradePlant Response to PruningDeciduous Ornamental BushesDeciduous Ornamental TreesEvergreen Trees and BushesOrnamental VinesEdible Fruits and NutsHouseplantsHerbaceous PlantsPollarding Pleaching Topiary Standards Mowing Bonsai Espalier Glossary of Pruning TermsIndexCredits