The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers / Edition 2

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Overview

How, when, and where to prune? The questions that beset every gardener never change, but the solutions do.

The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers recommends the best pruning techniques and practices. This unique encyclopedic treatment details the best pruning methods for more than 450 genera of trees, shrubs, conifers, and woody climbers. The A-Z format covers several thousand species, yet remains a manageable and practical reference. Kirkham clearly explains the reasons behind pruning techniques as well as how to apply them.

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Editorial Reviews

Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Excellent updated edition full of color photos and 'how-to' drawings."
—Dale Langford, Rocky Mountain News, June 26, 2004
The Washington Post
"The authors explain the basic principles of pruning and offer insights into why we cut trees and how to care for them, and handle specific situations such as lightning strikes, wind, cavitites and wounds, crown reduction, training and other general pruning topics."
—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, April 24, 2004
National Gardener
"Good pruning is known both as an art and a science, and this book helps the gardener accomplish both."
Daily Mirror
"For the definitive answer on how, when and what to prune."
Club of the Redwoods
"Good pruning is known both as an art and a science, and this book helps the gardener accomplish both."
—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener, March 2004

"Good pruning is known both as an art and a science, and this book helps the gardener accomplish both."

Washington Post
"For the definitive answer on how, when and what to prune."
John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter
"I can almost guarantee this volume will change your philosophy on pruning."
Michigan Gardener
"The authors explain the basic principles of pruning and offer insights into why we cut trees and how to care for them, and handle specific situations such as lightning strikes, wind, cavities and wounds, crown reduction, training and other general pruning topics."
American Reference Books Annual
"Quite simply, the book on pruning."
College of Agricultural Science - Linda J. Brewer
"Like any good textbook, Kirkham's revision of Brown's 1972 text on pruning is one the student will keep and refer to repeatedly as an easy to use reference."
Kew
"This revised edition continues to be a reliable learning text for those wielding cutting tools intended to assist nature in her work."
College of Agricultural Science
"This easy-to-use reference is more practical than ever for both professionals and amateurs."
From the Publisher
"Like any good textbook, Kirkham's revision of Brown's 1972 text on pruning is one the student will keep and refer to repeatedly as an easy to use reference."

"[This] has to be the definitive guide and a must-have book for all enthusiastic gardeners and professional horticulturists."

Booknews
First published in 1972 by Faber and Faber, London. Timber Press includes a new foreword and nomenclatural update. The first section covers subjects including general pruning principles, special circumstances and pest and disease control, followed by an encyclopedia of the best pruning methods for nearly 450 genera of trees, shrubs, conifers, and woody climbers, with several thousand species discussed. Contains ample line drawings and 86 b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881926132
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 677,656
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

George E. Brown (1917–1980) earned his diploma in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He returned to Kew in 1956 as an assistant curator. A founding member of the Arboricultural Association, he soon became a recognized authority on trees and shrubs.

Tony Kirkham is Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, where he cares for the existing heritage landscape and woody plant collections and maintains the integrity and development of the living scientific plant collections. The latter responsibility has been the impetus for plant collecting trips to Chile, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, western China, and Japan; many of the trees now growing in the collection originate from seed collected on these trips. Tony lectures internationally, runs workshops, and has published papers on a wide range of subjects. He is married with two children and lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Acknowledgements 13
Ch. 1 The General Principles of Pruning 15
Ch. 2 The Pruning of Trees and Conifers 37
Ch. 3 The Pruning of Shrubs and Climbers 83
Ch. 4 Pruning in Special Circumstances 105
Ch. 5 Pest and Disease Control 127
Ch. 6 The Specific Pruning Needs of the Genera 131
App. I Some Common Names with Their Botanical Equivalents 307
App. II: Tools and Equipment 311
Glossary 326
Index 331
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