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What are the best resources on trimming and pruning ornamentals?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by shearbolt, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. shearbolt

    shearbolt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    I'm planning on doing more ornamental maintenance this summer and I need to know more about the timing and techniques of trimming and prunning. Does anyone recommend certain books, websites or videos to help me become more knowledgeable?
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898


    Seriously though, Dr. Ed Gilman (I think from U of Florida) has been promoting the timing of pruning any time it can be done correctly.

    I haven't heard him talk, but I assume by this he means proper cuts made at a node, not shearing. Of course, I think he also leans more towards trees when he talks, but this is a very important point. Do it correctly!

    In general, if it flowers, prune it right after it's done flowering, if possible.

    HTH. Do a search if you need more info. Any book by Michael Dirr might be a good place to start.

  3. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Messages: 4,040

    Hi Shearbolt,

    Here is a book I found that may be helpful. Click image for link.


    TREEGODFATHER LawnSite Member
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  5. DowntoEarthLLC

    DowntoEarthLLC LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 121

  6. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    I don't know if it would be feesible for you to do this, but you should be able to get into a college course with no problem. You Would be signing in as a nontraditional student. That's what i did a couple of years ago and i learned alot of information from it. This is just another option.

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