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The best time to prune

by Timber Press on October 5, 2016

in Gardening

005Why is winter the ideal time to prune the deciduous trees and shrubs in your garden?

  • Pruning plants while they are dormant in the winter season puts less stress on them.
  • Without foliage, it’s easier to access and shape the branches.
  • The pruning wounds are exposed for a short time before the spring growth cycle begins.
  • Pruning books from Timber Press go well with a hot cup of tea and your favorite sweater.

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Browse The Art of Creative Pruning: Inventive Ideas for Training and Shaping Trees and Shrubs by Jake Hobson for a creative, whimsical guide to a characteristic landscaping style in modern topiary. Also check out Hobson’s blog for informative videos or to purchase imported Japanese pruning equipment.

For a resource guide on pruning more than 450 genera of trees, shrubs, conifers, and woody climbers, turn to The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers by George E. Brown and Tony Kirkham. This comprehensive tome is organized alphabetically by species to ensure your plants are getting the specific care they need.

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