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Cass Turnbull's Guide to Pruning: What, When, Where, and How to Prune for a More Beautiful Garden

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Prune trees, shrubs, and other plants with the knowledge that will make your plants grow in healthy and aesthetic ways. Covering 160 plants with clear instructions and illustrations, Cass Turnbull will show you exactly how to prune any plant in your garden. This 3rd Edition of Cass Turnbull's Guide to Pruning covers more than twenty additional plants in three new chapters. ...more
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Published November 20th 2012 by Sasquatch Books (first published January 26th 2004)
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Anna
May 05, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Susan
Wow. This book has revolutionized what I do on long walks. I used to try to identify plants in people's yards, think about what it would be like to live in their house... now I just criticize their pruning techniques and bemoan the terrible treatment of their shrubs. It's very fun.

This is a book that really should be read before attempting to plant, rather than when considering pruning. Cass Turnbull founded Plant Amnesty, and believes that pruning is something that ideally one would do very lit
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Libby
May 31, 2010 Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hobbies, non-fiction
I was amazed how entertaining it could be to read about pruning :) I found her approach to plants highly informative and laid-back, which I appreciate as I tend to be anal and a perfectionist and I want to do everything the "right" way. I liked that she talked about some specific common plants and how to care for them, as well as breaking most plants into oversimplified categories to help you with the ones she doesn't specifically name. My one complaint would be that she does write as if you are ...more
Joy
Apr 12, 2009 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-farming
I love this book. I've been wanting to know how to prune for ages and have always been confused by the instructions I received. The book lays out basic principles and then groups plants by the best method for pruning them. The simple drawings are easy to follow and the prose, though repetitive, made a lot of sense. I now actually have the necessary confidence to attempt my own pruning... only time will tell whether the lessons I learned were the right ones.
Dorothy
Nov 08, 2012 Dorothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superfavorites
This was a fantastic book on pruning!! Written with humor and simple steps and diagrams, it makes pruning easy! She lives in Seattle, so it even seemed written JUST for me! Plants are gone over individually, which is so helpful. I don't know, this book just had that special something that hooked me. I want to be friends with Cass Turnbull. I borrowed the book from a friend, but I'm buying my own copy!
Lani
So far I am enjoying her fun way of writing this how to book. I am not finished reading it, but seems to be a well thoughtout book and will be good for field reference. Hopefully, I can put her approach into practice - since my husband says I tend to butcher plants.
Corinne
Nov 26, 2007 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent reference book for pruning. Highly recommended.
Kami
Oct 25, 2008 Kami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eco, skimmed
Not my favorite of the group of pruning books.
Mara
Feb 05, 2010 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the experiment that is our yard...
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