Just wondering if I could get any recommendations for a comprehensive tree pruning book. One that deals with various aspects of tree prunning? Not, interested really in pruning fruit tree's, not a major focus anyway.
I know everyone doesn't necessarily agree with his approach, but for me, it really "unlocked the mystery" of what happens when you remove live tissue from a tree and how you can do that to achieve certain goals with your pruning.
His approach to developmental pruning of young trees alone is worth the price of the entire book in terms of a billable service that you can offer clients. You can confidently prune young trees with specific objectives in mind according to his method, instead of just doing vague things like "thinning it out" or "trimming it up" where nobody knows exactly what happened when all is said and done.
Some of the best money I've ever spent on trying to develop my professionalism...
Yes I would say $120+ is on average expenseive for a book, let me say again on average. And what I think is expensive is somewhat relative. Plus, I didn't say it wasn't worth the money, if it is a valuable resource.
And, yes mrtree I agree, looking at the book as an investment is a fairly valid way to see the expense.
This is a great book. If you ever have a chance to take a hands on class with Ed, it helps to demonstrate what he writes about. We have spent quite a bit of time learning from him and have a few of our trees in his new book.
His book or classes are worth every penny.
Like others have said that's the book you want and make sure it's the 3rd edition. I saw him speak about advanced pruning techniques earlier this year and in his new book there's supposed to be good information about promoting taper and the dampening effects of lower limbs.
Here is a pic of he rig they set up to test the dampening..
It had multiple turbo'd engines and was totally badass.
I'm reviving this thread because I'm in search of some good pruning/ tree health care books. Gilmans book looks good but the third edition came out in 2012. I'm looking for something that's more modern and less outdated that's current with all the new research and findings of today's time. This industry evolves quickly and I just want to be as up to date as I can with pruning and tree health.