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Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Pruning is one of the most important cultural practices for maintaining woody plants, including ornamental trees and shrubs, fruits and nuts. It involves both art and science: art in making the pruning cuts properly, and science in knowing how and when to prune for maximum benefits.

Here is list of our popular pruning publications:

Basic Principals of pruning Woody Plants
(includes list of trees and shrubs)

Fruit & Nut Trees - Backyard Garden Series

Home Fruit Orchard Pruning Techniques

Apple Trees


Fig Trees


Peach Trees

Pear Trees

Pecan Trees

Persimmon Trees

Plum Trees

Raspberries & Blackberries

Related Publications:

Planting Procedures for Ornamental Plants in the Landscape

Soil testing - How to take a sample
(see our Lab Services - Soil and Water Testing page for more details)