Internet launch–“The Basics Of Pruning” by John Schulz and Dekie Hicks

The Basics of Pruning

By John Schulz and Dekie Hicks

The Basics of Pruning is the product of a 5-year collaboration between John Schulz and Dekie Hicks. John has more than 40 years of experience in landscape maintenance and got his wife Dekie started on pruning plants for pleasure. In addition, it is Dekie who has the expertise in book design.

pruning for shape, strength--and fun.
Dekie is constantly called on to give plant shaping lessons when she goes to visit friends. She doesn’t mind because she enjoys it.

The book presents concepts for successful pruning projects.

“I didn’t want the book to be just a list of plants with little pictures,” said Schulz. “That would become boring quickly. Instead, I wanted to develop the concepts of what happens to a plant when it’s pruned. I wanted to present information that would apply to many different plant species. When we first got the ability to produce a full color, well-illustrated book at an affordable price, we just had to do the pruning book.”

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The Basics of Pruning

A well-illustrated and easy-to-understand guide to pruning ornamental plants.


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The idea of writing a pruning book was an accident. In 2008, John was finishing up the book Requiem for a Redneck. Other authors encouraged him to start a blog. He worked hard developing a topic and finally came up with the idea of “” in which he would answer questions about gardening.

The blog was launched in 2009 and the first article was titled “The Basics of Pruning.” John used pictures of a jade plant to show what happens when you prune a plant.

The book starts with logical and easy to follow information that leads the reader to proficiency,
The book starts with logical and easy to follow information that leads the reader to proficiency,

This article became popular. Over the years, as the site gathered more than 200 articles, the stats showed a steady interest in that first article. This let us know that the interest in pruning was world-wide. “I also spend a lot of time answering gardening questions. Everywhere I go, it seems people ask me something about their yard and the plants and trees in it. So Dekie and I knew that interest in this topic was widespread.”

Follow directions in Chapter 6 of The Basics of Pruning to turn an inexpensive plant into a beautiful bonsai
Chapter 6 offers a step by step guide to turning a juniper into a nice bonsai–start to finish. Bonsai is the ultimate pruning endeavor

The Basics of Pruning is easy to read and the instructions and concepts are illustrated with lots of full-color photographs, making it an excellent field guide.

You will learn how to shape plants, why the plants respond as they do, and when to prune to get maximum effect. This is a good field guide for hobbyists and landscapers. There is a chapter on making your own bonsai plant. It is also an attention-getting coffee table book. Want it personally autographed? Send your request to

To get beautiful, compact azaleas, they must be trimmed at just the right time of year. Find out when
The book not only tells you when to prune your blooming plants, it tells you why–so you can apply this knowledge to other species.

Pruning plants can be boring, routine yard maintenance: “Just cut them suckers back!” OR, plant shaping may be viewed as an art form, an enjoyable pastime, or an avocation, with the end result being plants that are beautiful, interesting sculptures. This book introduces you to the concepts behind pruning many common plants and trees, provides plenty of examples and lots of large color photographs, and gives you ideas to experiment with. Be careful, though! Pruning may become addictive.

Pruning is a meditative art form that will help you to relax and enjoy being with yourself
The table of contents gives you an idea of the depth of this study. What you learn in this book can apply to many other applications.

As an introductory offer for our internet launch of “The Basics of Printing” for a limited time,—Free Shipping and a free copy of our brochure “The Number One Question I Get Asked About Bonsai is, How Do I Keep it live?” (free shipping continental U.S.)

The Basics of Pruning

A well-illustrated and easy-to-understand guide to pruning ornamental plants.


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The most common question people ask about a bonsai is “How do I keep it alive? This brochure is a good guide that will also help you with other plants.

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at

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