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Sources for More Information

Bulletin #1: How to Prune Young Shade Trees


These two outstanding books include sections on pruning young trees, but cover much more about tree care and urban forestry:

  • Arboriculture — Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, and Vines in the Landscape
    by Richard W. Harris , James R. Clark, and Nelda P. Matheny. 687 pp.
  • Urban — Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces
    by Robert W. Miller. 502 pp.

These are specifically dedicated to pruning, both young and mature trees and other plants:

  • An Illustrated Guide to Pruning
    by Edward T. Gilman
  • The Complete Guide to Landscape, Design, Renovation and Maintenance
    by Cass Turnbull

ISA Training Materials

A variety of DVDs, CDs and publications on how to prune are available from the International Society of Arboriculture.

Leaflets and Booklets

  • Homeowner’s Guide for Beautiful, Safe and Healthy Trees
    USDA Forest Service
    Northeastern Experiment Station Publications
    359 Main Road
    Delaware, OH 43015
    Downloadable from:
  • ANSI A300 Pruning Standard and Best Management Practices — Pruning

    Available from the International Society of Arboriculture; see above listing.

  • Caring For Young Trees From Nurseries to Landscapes
    P.O. Box 2466
    Snohomish, WA 98291-2466

Last Updated: 03/25/19