Journal of NACAA

Myth Busting for Extension Educators: Reviewing the Literature on Pruning Woody Plants

ISSN 2158-9429

Volume 14, Issue 2 - December 2021

Editor: Linda Chalker-Scott


Homeowners and landscape professionals alike are interested in proper pruning techniques for their trees and shrubs. Hundreds of popular books and online resources present confusing and conflicting pruning instructions, many of which are not science-based. In this literature review, we explain how woody plant physiology predicts tree and shrub responses to pruning and dispel some common myths that increase the risk injuring or killing trees.

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