Academic journal article NACTA Journal

The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers

Academic journal article NACTA Journal

The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers

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The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers By George E. Brown. Second edition revised and enlarged by Tony Kirkham. Timber Press, Portland, OR, 2004, 338 pages, clothbound, $29.95.

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 well organized volume includes a glossary, a comprehensive index, an appendix of common plant names and their botanical equivalents, and a review of essential pruning equipment and safe practices. The book is lavishly illustrated with line drawings and color photos, which add to its value as a teaching tool. Those familiar with the original edition will recognize the line drawings; Kirkham has updated the photos, increased their number, and placed them within the text for easy reference.

The first five chapters cover the basic principles of pruning, and provide a solid basis in the physiology of plant response to pruning. The text includes specific pruning methods for trees, conifers, shrubs and climbing plants. Also of interest is material covering pruning strategies to promote desirable development of young trees, to reduce insect and disease problems, and to repair damage to mature specimen. …

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