Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Taunton Press; 2nd Revised, Updated ed. edition (January 12, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
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I'm a novice gardener and have gotten so far in my gardening knowledge, but I have always felt that there was something missing... I knew that pruning was important but I was sure that there was a science behind it that I was simply lacking and therefore didn't dare take my clippers or saw to a tree without first understanding the science behind it!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 toolsI'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.
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