Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginner's Guide
A great book from permaculture expert Kath Irvine helps beginners conquer their fear of fruit tree pruning.
There are three kinds of pruners in Kath Irvine’s experience. Those who want to chop off 90 per cent of the tree, those who don’t chop off enough, and the biggest group, who are too worried about ruining a tree to chop at all. All share the same problem, says the Levin-based permaculture landscaper who has run pruning and gardening workshops for almost 20 years.
In Kath's own words:
I know how pruning worries you and ties you in knots, so I’ve created a concise guide. Small was my brief here, because home gardeners don’t need a tome! You guys need a simple understanding and a clear set of instructions. I managed to get it down to A5, and a mere 76 pages. She’s small enough to read in one sitting and take with you when you prune. Meet your portable pruning advisor.
Kath was a key contributor to NZ Life & Leisure's special edition: In Your Backyard Urban Harvest.