A successor to the long time definitive Bailey Pruning Manual this brings the tradition into line with present day practices and up to date equipment and procedure. Basic introductory material on the general considerations of the anatomy and physiology of plants and trees, the growth responses, the fundamental techniques precedes the main part of the text. For the average home owner, this part will be skimmed, and the sections sought dealing with matters pertinent to his own needs and interests. For the professional, or the student, this semi- technical section is important. The prospective landscape gardener will need full grounding on reasons for pruning, dangers (this everyone should read), the factors of growth on which right pruning must depend, the proper choice of equipment, procedure, etc. Orchardists will find various types of fruit trees, grapes, nut trees handled individually. Small fruits are given separate treatment. Pruning of shade and ornamental trees, of evergreens, shrubs and vines, roses, -- these sections will give many inquiring gardenrs the answers they need. Some 200 diagrams and photographs are essential to the text. Definitely a book for reference- or for study- rather than for general informational reading.