Covering 160 plants with clear instructions and illustrations, Cass Turnbull will show you exactly how to prune any plant in your garden. This 3rd Edition of Cass Turnbull's Guide to Pruning covers more than twenty additional plants in three new chapters. The result is the new definitive guide for the home gardener with friendly, expert advice from Cass Turnbull, founder of Seattle's PlantAmnesty, whose mission is "to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs caused by mal-pruning."
Here are ten commandments for preventing mal-pruning and other gardening sins:
The Ten Gardener Commandments
1. Thou shalt not shear thy bush.
2. Thou shalt not top thy tree.
3. Thou shalt not plant thy sun-lover in the shade, nor thy shade-lover in the sun.
4. Thou shalt mulch.
5. Thou shalt not leave stubs.
6. Thou shalt not flush cut, neither shalt thou paint wounds.
7. Thou shalt not cover up the base of thy plant, or thy tree, or thy shrub. Neither with mulch, nor with soil, nor with any landscape material.
8. Thou shalt cut circling/girdling roots.
9. Thou shalt not compact the root zone of thy tree, nor trench near the trunk of thy tree.
10. Thou shalt not weed-whip the trunk of thy tree, nor bash it with thine mower, nor leave anything tied on thy tree or the branches of thy tree, as is done in the land of the philistines.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Basics
Chapter 1 Basic Cuts 3
Chapter 2 Selective Pruning Techniques 17
Chapter 3 Suckers and Water Sprouts 23
Chapter 4 Looking For Deadwood 29
Chapter 5 Timing 33
Chapter 6 Pruning Tools 39
Chapter 7 How to Prune Hedges 47
Chapter 8 Principles of Landscape Renovation 53
Chapter 9 The Most Common Design Errors 59
Part 2 The Plants
Chapter 10 Mounding-Habit Shrubs 67
Burning Bush 75
Evergreen Azalea 78
Health/Heather, Lavender, Rockrose, and Broom 83
Three More Mounders: Escallonia, Mexican Orange, and Flowering Quince 93
Chapter 11 Cane-Growing Shrubs 105
Bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo, Kerria, Oregon Grape, and Julian's Barberry 106
Hybrid Tea Roses 123
Three More Cane-Growers: Butterfly Bush, Mock Orange, and Red Twig Dogwood 131
Chapter 12 Tree-Like Shrubs 141
Deciduous Azalea 153
English Laurel, English Holly, and Photinia 155
Viburnum x Bodnantense and Beautyberry 172
Witch Hazel, Doublefile Viburnum, and Winter Hazel 175
More Tree-Likes: Pieris and Golden Thread Cypress, Smoke Bush, and Other Stick-Up Plants 181
Chapter 13 Vines 189
Chapter 14 Trees 205
Big Trees 218
Fruit Trees 235
Japanese Laceleaf Maple 243
Japanese Maple 247
Ornamental Cherry, Crabapple, and Purple-Leaf Plum Trees 257
Weeping Cherry 263
Japanese Pruning of Pines 267
Chapter 15 Ground Covers 273
English Ivy 276
Chapter 16 Even More Plants to Prune 283
Aucuba, Fatsia, and Skimmia 284
Hollywood Juniper 291
Sarcococca and Drooping Leucothoë 294
Strawberry Bush 296
Viburnum Davidii 298
The Whackables: Lavatera, Senecio Greyi, Perovskia, Hardy Fuchsia, and Cape Fuchsia 300
Chapter 17 Three Fruit-Bearers 305
Chapter 18 Taming the Native-Plant Garden 315
Appendix 1 Regional Pruning by Plant Habit 327
Appendix 2 Three Views on Sterilizing Your Tools 335
What People are Saying About This
"Finally, the book has arrived that demystifies pruning for event the most apprehensive gardener. Unlike most encyclopedic pruning books that offer formulaic across-the-board advice…Cass Turnbull has written a useful pruning guide that clearly and simply describes how to prune commonly used garden plants to enhance both aesthetics and plant health."
"Really takes the mystery out of pruning."
"If you've ever been to a Cass Turnbull class, you'll never forget the lessons you learned there. If you can't make her classes, or want a deeper, fuller, more explicit understanding of how to prune plants for optimal health, this book is for you."
Ann Lovejoy, author of The Ann Lovejoy Book of Northwest Gardening