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Not confident in pruning or don’t know how to prune, when to prune or why to prune? This ebook will help you to demystify pruning and pruning techniques - simply and easily. 

Pruning mystifies many people. Some people never prune plants and still expect them to perform their best others constantly have a pair of pruners in their hands! Some plants do perfectly well without pruning – for example many trees are best left alone, unless they are damaged or have diseased limbs. Shrubs are best pruned because it improves appearance (makes them bushier and less woody) and also increases their longevity - because new growth appears as a response to pruning. Fruit trees are pruned to improve fruit size, to contain them and make harvesting easier and to encourage light and air through the plant which discourages fungal disease. 

There are many reasons for pruning and inside this book you will find:

•    Why, when, and what to prune and how pruning affects plants

•    General pruning guidelines 

•    Information on pruning tools and equipment

•    How to prune hedges and shape plants e.g. espaliers, topiary, bonsai

•    How to manage pruning material – chipping, compost, mulch 

•    Information on pruning for fruit 

•    How to prune roses 

•    A directory of plants – how to prune what

Add this to your gardening tool box!


Pages: 147

Pictures: 180

ISBN: 978-0-9943737-4-8 


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 introduction 

Why, when and what to prune: how pruning affects plants

Removing broken branches, dead or diseased wood

Controlling the type of growth

Controlling the plant’s shape and size

Promoting healthy, bushy growth

Rejuvenating a plant

Why prune?

Pruning different species

Timing for pruning

What is compartmentalisation? 

Chapter 2 types of pruning

Cleaning out dead wood





Removing branches

Crown cleaning

Crown thinning

Crown reduction

Crown lifting

Crown renewal

Root pruning

Pruning trees in general

Pruning larger shrubs

Pruning tropical plants

Pruning container plants

Chapter 3 pruning tools and equipment


Pruning knife


Pole pruners

Hand saws




Chapter 4 pruning hedges

Selecting hedging plants

Establishing a hedge

Types of hedge

Pruning or trimming an established hedge

Rejuvenating old and overgrown hedges

Pruning conifers

Other hedging techniques


Tapestry hedges


Chapter 5 shaping plants

How to develop an espalier

Horizontal espalier

Oblique palmette espalier


Portable topiary

Other plants suitable for topiary

Single-stem topiary

Verdant sculptures


Creating bonsai

Pruning bonsai to shape it

Chapter 6 managing prunings

Composting waste

Choosing plants for composting

Using compost to improve soils

Composting in home gardens

Indore method

Using lawn clippings


How to lay mulch



Chapter 7 pruning for fruit production

Before buying plants consider the shape

Before pruning

Points to consider when pruning

Pruning specific fruits

Citrus spp.

Pruning a bush shape

Pruning a standard shape

Renovating an old citrus tree

Open vase shape formative pruning

Plum tree pruning

Pruning apricots

Knowing your buds

Chapter 8 pruning roses

When to prune roses

Pruning techniques for different types of roses

Pruning climbers and ramblers at a glance

Pruning roses as standards 

Dead heading roses

Rejuvenating an old rose plant

Chapter 9 compendium of plants: how to prune what and when

Summary: basic pruning guide



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