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Book review: The Pruning Answer Book

The Pruning Answer Book
Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask
By Lewis Hill & Penelope O'Sullivan

I own a couple of pairs of pruners, but I can’t say I’m always confident using them. There are all these rules, such as prune spring-flowering shrubs right after they have bloomed, but not in the summer when they’re started creating their buds for the following year. And a friend once drew a diagram of where I’m supposed to cut my rose bushes, but I couldn’t figure out what she meant. Sometimes I find all these rules rather stressful as I don’t want to make the wrong move and hurt my plants. Recently, The Pruning Answer Book came across my desk. I immediately set it aside as I had a feeling this handy little guide would put me on the right pruning path once and for all.

To put it to the test, I started looking up the plants I’ve been protecting these past few years. Lilacs? Check. Forsythia? Check. Euonymus, roses and purple sand cherry? Check, check, check. I feel like The Pruning Answer Book will help me prune with confidence—instead of with hesitant little snips here and there.

What makes this book unique?
The fact that it’s only about pruning and not just a chapter means authors Lewis Hill and Penelope O’Sullivan could cover the gamut of flowering trees, bushes and plants. They also offer helpful tips, such as training vines, fixing fruit trees and pruning for bouquets.

Price: $17.95
Publisher: Storey Publishing

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