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Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs (PDF)

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Correct pruning is an essential maintenance practice for trees and shrubs in the home landscape. However, most homeowners regard pruning with considerable, though unnecessary, apprehension. Pruning is not difficult if you understand the basics, learn why, when, and how to prune.

12 Page(s)


  • Reasons to Prune
  • Myths About Pruning
  • Times to Prune for Specific Purposes
  • Tools for Pruning
  • Procedures for Pruning Specific Trees and Shrubs
  • Review of General Pruning Procedures

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Published by: Purdue University Cooperative Extension


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