As successful gardeners understand, pruning enhances the beauty, health, and productivity of plants, and this invaluable guide shows how to prune hundreds of shrubs, trees, and climbers.
This richly illustrated volume devoted to pruning, one of the most important yet largely overlooked aspects of gardening, provides up-to-date techniques and step-by-step drawings helpful to both beginning and experienced gardeners. Packed with detailed yet straightforward advice, it shows gardeners how to improve the quality of flowers on shrubs, increase the productivity of fruit trees and bushes, turn a tangled climber into a beautiful display, keep plants in their allotted places, and reduce disease problems.
To provide a general overview and familiarity with the subject, the first chapters are devoted to basic techniques and essential tools. The heart of the book features an illustrated directory in color of hundreds of ornamental plants, including shrubs, trees, climbers, roses, and clematis. Each account explains whether a particular plant benefits from pruning, and if so, how and when to do it and what technique is most suitable and efficient.
An invaluable reference book, Pruning will give gardeners at any level of skill the confidence to enjoy one of the most interesting, creative, and rewarding activities and to derive the benefits from improved plant performance.