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Pruning Book: Completely Revised and Updated Paperback – 12 January 2010
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"
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.
- Publisher : The Taunton Press; 2nd Revised, Updated ed. edition (12 January 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1600850952
- ISBN-13 : 978-1600850950
- Dimensions : 21.59 x 1.27 x 27.64 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 293,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After a few days with this marvelous book, I went out and bought a new pruning saw and went nuts! The book provides a couple of chapters that explain the intricacies of pruning and the general background knowledge that one needs before chopping anything up. One chapter provides you with knowledge that you need regarding:
* the many types of pruning tools out there
* when to use each type
* how to use these tools
* how to properly store and care for your tools
* how to sharpen your pruning tools
I'm just glad I didn't go out and buy any tools until I had read this book and it really broadened my horizons... for example I used to use a regular wood saw when pruning and I noticed that halfway through the branch the saw would being to jam up as mush would begin to form which would gum up the saw. After reading the book I realized that this type of saw was only intended for use on dried wood and not on green or fresh wood. Once I bought a pruning saw, the job become a lot less tedious and easier to do!
Then for each type of tree or plant, you are referred to a specific chapter where it specifically tells you when during the year to prune that type of plant, how and where to make the cuts and more.
This book really takes the guess work out of pruning. It makes it very understandable and gives you a solid foundation based on which you can experiment based on what you know. For example, I couldn't find anything on tamarind trees, so I had to experiment and it turns out that the golden rule of pruning while the plant is dormant is the way to go... sure I had a week crop this year, but hey... next season is always just around the corner. I have two henna trees, one of which I pruned and the other I just got lazy, and the one I pruned has flowered and has come back well, while the other one is unchanged and is not flowering as it should be.
I strongly recommend this book as the go to guide for anyone who is a gardener or just anyone who is curious about pruning for that matter. I usually tend to buy two to three books about one subject and then read and compare, but I only bought this pruning book and I do not intend on buying another. This is the ultimate go to guide when it comes to pruning for me!
Lee Reich's book helped me connect the dots. I suspect that an experienced pruner wouldn't get much out of the book, but if you're starting from scratch, The Pruning Book will be perfect. The illustrations (both drawings and photos) are very clear, and the book is well laid out, with an introductory 30 pages that explain why and how to prune, then specific sections on different types of plants.
I don't keep many books, but The Pruning Book is getting a permanent space on the shelf since I suspect I'll be referring back to it for years to come.