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Posted December 18, 2007
Most often, pruning's done to get rid of dead or unwanted plant body parts. Most often, all that's needed are hand-held pruning shears. But pruning saws cut larger branches, clean and fine. Loppers deal with higher-up branches. And special pruning shears do specialty cuts such as bonsai and topiary. Author Colin Crosbie discusses pruning equipment care such as rubbing on oil, and sterilizing after each cut. He goes over pruning safety such as grounding ladders, making three cuts on long branches, and wearing gloves. He goes through coppicing colored-stem dogwood and hydrangea, espaliering apple trees, parterring boxwood and yew, pleaching hornbeam and linden, and pollarding dogwood. He lists, plant-by-plant, the best times to prune. Pruning books don't all agree on best pruning times. But Crosbie has consistent, solid reasons for his choices. As with all Dorling Kindersley simple steps to success, many photos and an index help readers find information.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.