Pruning by numbers: A guide to pruning deciduous fruit trees

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This handy ebook is based on more than 20 years' experience of growing deciduous fruit trees, including apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears. It's based on the idea that when it comes to pruning there's no right or wrong, just pruning cuts and consequences. Like all our teaching resources, we think it's more useful to teach basic principles so you can learn how to apply them in any situation.

The book starts with the parts of a fruit tree, basic aims of pruning, and the 10 Key Pruning Principles. We talk you through making a decision about what shape you want your tree to be, and give clear, concise instructions about establishment pruning (getting trees established the right way from the get-go), maintenance pruning (keeping trees healthy and fruitful throughout their life), and how to deal with monster trees (the ones that got away!), for vase trees plus a wide variety of other training systems (and yes, we've included detailed espalier instructions).

Then we get into even more nitty gritty with step-by-step pruning instructions for how to prune the different types of fruit trees, explain the difference between summer and winter pruning, and cover the popular topic of dwarf trees.

You'll also find out everything you need to know to choose and maintain the right pruning gear for your situation, and as a bonus, there's a print-ready version of our handy Pruning Field Guide and Foolproof 7-step Method for Maintenance Pruning (for you to clutch in hand while gazing at your fruit tree).

This book includes everything you need to turn you into the master of your fruit trees. We hope it helps to demystify pruning and turn it into one of your favourite jobs.

Happy pruning!

Please Note: This is an ebook and so is only available for downloadthere is no printed hard-copy version.


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