An Illustrated Guide to Pruning / Edition 3

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Overview

Well written and easy to understand, An ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO PRUNING, Third Edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the pruning and maintenance of trees. Filled with updated illustrations, photographs, and examples, this completely updated guide is designed to help readers understand and implement the appropriate pruning practices that are vital to developing sustainable structure in the first 25 years of a tree's life. Coverage includes a variety of information about the challenges associated with pruning such as disease prevention, root pruning, mature tree pruning, and restoration following storms. With its simple tables, lists, and strategies, this book is an appealing resource for horticulture, landscape and tree associations and industries and is a natural addition for botanic garden and arboreta bookstores.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I would like to begin by stating…this is an excellent, well-written text. Virtually all of this text is up-to-date and theoretically sound… The text does an excellent job at describing the practices in more detail."

"The project's three greatest strengths are the use of illustrations (with a few minor modifications, in some instances), the accompanying easy to understand text, and the author's compelling, supported reasons for making his pruning recommendations."

From the Publisher

"I would like to begin by stating…this is an excellent, well-written text. Virtually all of this text is up-to-date and theoretically sound… The text does an excellent job at describing the practices in more detail."

"The project's three greatest strengths are the use of illustrations (with a few minor modifications, in some instances), the accompanying easy to understand text, and the author's compelling, supported reasons for making his pruning recommendations."

From The Critics
Universal and species-specific techniques are detailed here for the appropriate training and pruning of young and medium-aged trees and advice is given on challenges associated with pruning, including disease prevention. Eight new chapters in this second edition cover areas such as shrub pruning, tree biology, structural pruning, nursery pruning, industry standards, and writing pruning specifications for landscape trees. There is more material on the differences between pruning shade trees and smaller trees, and on species from both temperate and tropical climates. New learning features include objectives, key words, exercises, and challenge questions. The author teaches tree pruning at the University of Florida. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111307301
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/8/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 708,030
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Gilman received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1980 in forest plant pathology and is a professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has assembled a unique urban tree teaching program for helping municipalities, contractors, arborists, educators, growers, landscapers, and others design and implement programs for promoting better tree health in cities. He conducts educational programs in tree selection, nursery production, and urban tree management nation-wide for a large variety of audiences. Dr. Gilman is a Florida chapter ISA past-president. He has published more than 96 scientific peer reviewed journal articles in his 30 years in academia and industry and has won numerous awards. His research emphasizes tree pruning, nursery production, anchorage, and tree establishment. He has published more than 150 technical articles in newsletters and trade magazines and annually presents research results to colleagues at professional meetings across the US and throughout the world. He is the author of six books and maintains an extensive web site on urban trees, enjoying life in Gainesville Florida where he and his wife Betsy raised their two daughters, Samantha and Megan.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Pruning. 2. Plant Selection, Placement, and Management: The Best Way to Minimize Pruning Needs. 3. Tree Structure. 4. Tree Biology. 5. Pruning Cuts. 6. Pruning Tools. 7. When to Prune. 8. Nursery Shade Tree Production Pruning: Developing the Trunk and Leader. 9. Nursery Shade Tree Production Pruning: Developing the Crown. 10. Developing and Maintaining Special Forms. 11. Structural Pruning of Shade Trees in the Landscape: Strategies. 12. Structural Pruning of Shade Trees in the Landscape: Execution 13. Pruning Types on Established Trees. 14. Mature and Storm Damaged Trees. 15. Maintaining Special Trees and Sites. 16. Root Pruning. 17. Standards and Specifications. 18. Shrub Pruning.

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