This quick, yet informative guide made me want to go out straight away and look at our trees, with camera in hand so I can record the changes I'm making.
I loved the explanation of winter vs. summer pruning (exactly what I had just been wondering about) and leaf and flower buds (had completely forgotten about the difference since I last did a pruning course - and had forgotten about the horizontal growth thing too!) and formative, maintenance and restorative pruning.
Really is all the amateur fruit grower needs to get on with it!
An excellent little book that does exactly what it says on the tin - and more. Clearly written and easily understandable this book will help anybody to understand the reason for pruning fruit trees - and explains how to do it. It takes the 'mystery' out of the process but leaves you realising that this is a complex practice that needs to be carefully though through to get the best out of each tree. Worth every penny!!!!
Chloe writes clearly and with obvious expert knowledge acquired over many years. I'll be trying the book out as soon as winter comes along. It's small enough to fit in the hand and take out to the garden with pair of pruners in the other hand. Really useful. Hope it gets a wide audience as I think a lot of people put off by the idea of pruning will find it helpful.
It's clear, concise and explains lots of things a novice like me has never even heard of (like fruit vs leaf buds). The breakdown into 3 main types of pruning also made a lot of sense and the diagrams were a huge help. Highly recommended, the best guide I've come across!
Like many garden perennials, pruning an apple (or pear) tree requires a different technique to all the others. There are many books about pruning this, that, and the other, and many on fruit, but until Chloe Ward's "How to Prune an Apple Tree", none that lay out the facts clearly, simply, and concisely without unecessary gloss, bumph, or diversion and doesn't hog bookshelf real-estate to boot.
This book is so useful. I'm a mature horticulture student who has many fruit trees in need of regular pruning. This book is so simple, explaining exactly what will happen if you prune in winter or summer, or how one cut differs from another. I know enough from my studies to recognise an excellent book . I have a mix of very old Apple and Pear trees and younger espalier fruit trees. This book is ideal for my gardening needs.
I hadn't realised that, for some trees, summer pruning is just the thing, whereas winter pruning will just cause more leafy growth. It feels a bit harsh to cut back the trees in mid-leaf, but this book explains why and how to do it. Written in clear language with helpful diagrams, the book is a quick and humorous read, too. It's going next to John Seymour's 'Self-Sufficient Gardener' on my book shelf : )
As a working gardener myself I have been looking for a long time for a book which explains both the methods and reasons for pruning apples/pears and this little book ticks all the boxes. I bought four copies in total to give to my work force for Christmas.
I have inherited several old trees in my garden and was not sure how to tackle them to rejuvinate them but NOW I DO. Brilliant little book with clear diagrams of how to prune the trees to encourage fruit. Well worth purchasing.