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on 13 December 2001
This is definately a book to use for reference rather than sitting down and reading from cover to cover. It is laid out in sections covering roses,shrubs,climbing and wall plants, vines, fruit trees, soft fruit and trees. The introduction and glossary at the front cover all of the basis so that a gardening novice should be able to follow the pruning instructions. There are plenty of clear black, and green illustrations showing where to prune which look easy to follow except for the climbing and rambling roses illustrations which look quite messy - perhaps like the plants! The instructions are written in plain english with specific gardening terms only used where necessary. As each chapter is laid out in a similar way it is easy to skim through and find the area thet you want. Most common shrubs and trees are included in the appendix, which then points you to the relevant pages for pruning the specific plant. As the book is quite small and reletively inexpensive it is a book that you could take around the garden and use outside while pruning. As it is so compehensive it is likely to be the only book that you ever need on pruning.
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on 23 February 2012
This book is very straight forward with clear illustrations on how and when to complete pruning on most bush, shrubs, tree, roses etc. I think that it is easy to follow but it does rely on you knowing your plants in the first place! The pen and ink drawings are very easy to follow but are not detailed enough for you to identify plants, should you have an unknown specimen in your garden. The book arrived in very good time and was in very good condition. On the whole I am very happy with my purchase.
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on 20 October 2013
I bought this on the recommendation of the guy who's redesigning and re-working our garden, as a part of the renewal involves some small trees within a wildflower meadow.
I was impressed with the price and speed of delivery of the book, and on an initial reading it does seem comprehensive and fairly easy to follow.
No doubt the best assessment however will be 1 ~ 3 years after I start trying to put its advice into practice!
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on 21 June 2010
Borrowed this from a library & on reading immediately ordered from Amazon - I only wish I'd found this years ago. Just brilliantly simple explanations and guidance. The illustrations very easy to understand. By far the best gardening book I have ever bought
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on 29 March 2013
This is the greatest, most useful, pruning book around. I have had one since about 1980 and it is constantly to hand. So - I have been ordering them for friends and family, too. A 'must-have' for anyone who gardens.
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on 21 April 2014
Clear and easy to follow. Written by an expert. Now long out of print so I bought a second hand one to send to a friend in France who has just moved from UK.
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on 14 July 2013
I was recommended this book by a friend and hadn't bought one because they were so expensive. This used book was a great bargain and in good condition, thanks
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on 16 August 2013
A must have book for the keen gardener who wants to prune properly and get the best out of their fruit bushes and trees.
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on 4 September 2014
A really clear guide to pruning different sorts of plants. I would not be without it.
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on 3 August 2014
Very informative and helpful tips to pruning with good diagrams
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