How to Prune Trees and Shrubs is another great entry in the Storey Basics line of books. This ‘how-to’ series features brief, direct, but easy to follow steps on a variety of topics, from cooking to gardening. Each book features hand drawn illustrations and typically come in under 150 pages, making the subject easy to understand and immediately useful.
How To Prune Trees and Shrubs breaks down as follows: Introduction, Part One: Pruning Techniques and Tools (Pruning and plant growth, Pruning cuts, Prune with a purpose, Tools of the trade); and Part Two: Pruning Plant By Plant (Pruning trees, Pruning fruit trees, Pruning shrubs, Pruning roses, Pruning vines). Glossary, suggested reading, metric conversion chart, index.
The book explains the various pruning tools and goes over the basics that are true to most plants when it comes to pruning. Angles to cut, where to cut, reasons why you do and don’t want to cut, healing and plant growth, and the differences between cutting trees, plants, and bushes are all discussed in the first part. The second half of the book is devoted to specifics: types of trees and how/when to prune, types of bushes, and then types of vines are discussed. Also important, the book has great information on when a professional should be called in instead.
The Storey Basics line is a great resource – a place to get started to understanding a subject and get right to work making or doing. Nearly all books can be read in an hour or so time and then be used as an immediate resources. Because they are brief, they don’t fully cover the subject in minute detail; instead, the purpose of the books is to give all the knowledge to get one started. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.