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Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-54

Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-54

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Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-54

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55 pages
24 minutes
Dirilis:
Jan 8, 1983
ISBN:
9781603424103
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Do you have an old grapevine that needs training? A forsythia that has become too leggy? Evergreen shrubs that threaten to push through your first-floor windows? Have you just purchased a new home and feel mystified by the pruning chores ahead? If so, help is here in Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines.

Pruning is one of the best things you can do for your plants and trees, if it's done the right way. When pruned regularly and properly, your plants stay vibrantly healthy. Flowering shrubs and vines produce more blossoms, fruit trees and berry patches yield more fruit, and hedges and evergreens remain full and well-shaped.

Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines offers all the advice you need to start pruning fruit and shade trees, evergreens, grape vines, berry bushes, ornamental shrubs and vines, hedges, and roses like a professional. You'll learn how, where, and when to prune as well as what tools to use. For quick reference you'll find a pruning timetable, a condensed plant-by-plant pruning guide, and an A-to-Z glossary of pruning terms.
Dirilis:
Jan 8, 1983
ISBN:
9781603424103
Format:
Buku


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Introduction

Do you have an old grapevine that needs training? A forsythia that has become too leggy? Have you just purchased a new home and felt mystified by the pruning chores ahead?

The subject of pruning can fill a whole book, and sometimes even the experts disagree over the best practices. But the principles of pruning are simple. This bulletin tells you how to keep your trees, shrubs, and vines attractive and healthy through careful pruning.

What is pruning? It is cutting away unwanted parts of a plant for a better shape or more fruitful growth.

What is involved in pruning? To do the job well, you need to know when (in what season) to prune, what to cut away, and how to do the cutting. For most jobs, all you will need are a few simple hand tools, although power tools are sometimes handy.

Is pruning really necessary? Nature does its own pruning. The woods are full of dead limbs and branches pruned by nature’s ruthless wind, snow, and ice storms. Weak branches die and drop off neglected trees; rubbing branches kill one another. Thick under-growth frequently kills trees by its dense shade. But, nature’s pruning is a slow, haphazard process; you can get better results with pruning shears.

There are four basic reasons for pruning. Careful pruning enables you to control the shape and growth of your plant, to increase its productivity through more blooms and larger fruits, and to maintain the health of the plant.

Pruning for Shape and Form. Some pruning is done mainly for appearance. The beauty of conifers, such as fir, spruce, and pine trees lies in their natural shape. But these stiff-needled plants are actually forest trees, and frequently they will ruin the appearance of property by smothering the house, crowding doorways, or blocking off windows. Trees should be controlled by pruning.

With formal foundation plantings, the shrubs or trees are sheared, rather than pruned. Shearing means cutting off the soft new growth to limit the plant’s growth and to shape it.

Heading back is a term you’ll hear with respect to pruning for shape. It simply means reducing the size of a plant to encourage denser growth.

Growth Control. A young plant should be pruned to give it a basic structure of good habits and tendencies. In the case of a fruit tree, for example, you want to open up the tree to allow more sunlight to get to the inner branches so fruit can grow and ripen there, as well as on the outer limbs. A tree must be pruned to be strong enough to hold up its

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