Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginners Guide

Kath Irvine's book Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginners Guide

I know how pruning worries you and ties you in knots, so I’ve created a concise guide. Small was my brief here, because home gardeners don’t need a tome! You guys need a simple understanding and a clear set of instructions. I managed to get it down to A5, and a mere 76 pages. She’s small enough to read in one sitting and take with you when you prune. Your portable pruning advisor 🙂


Chapter 1: Pruning Goals and a Few Important Tips
Chapter 2: When To Prune and Train
Chapter 3: Making a Good Cut
Chapter 4: Tree Trickery: How To Train Trees
Chapter 5: Choosing a Shape for Your Tree
Chapter 6: Training Young Trees from Years 1-4
Chapter 7: Pruning from Year 5
Chapter 8: The Art of Espalier
Chapter 9: A Word on Biennial Bearing
Chapter 10: How To Thin Fruit
Chapter 11: Evergreens, Figs and Berries



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● $6.30 residential courier
● $10.80 rural courier

Delivery Details

  • From the email saying Hurrah! your book is on it’s way; expect delivery in 2 days if urban, and 3 days if rural.
  • Please email me if your book hasn’t shown up in 5 days.
  • There is no courier on the weekends. A Thursday or Friday send off means delivery the following week.

Environment first!

  • Printed right here in NZ on special sustainable stock.
  • To offset the printing of the book, I’m donating $1 from every book to Trees That Count.
  • Couriered by NZ Couriers, in recycled card packaging. Kudos.

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Read Pruning Cuts Explained + How To Prune Feijoas

And some nice people have nice things to say…

This book is a gem that deserves a place on your bookshelf. It’s easy to be intimidated by pruning, but Kath clearly and briefly arms you with the knowledge you need to get out there and do it. The illustrations are excellently clear and helpful and so is Kath’s advice. The less cutting she says, the calmer the tree. That means less vegetative growth and thus less pruning. It’s a virtuous circle I’m pleased to see spelt out so clearly. Rachel Rose, Journalist

 It’s so great to get your book Kath – it’s even better than I expected it to be!! Feel like it’s a friend that will be standing next to me while I tackle my poor trees. Now I just need to get the jolly tools sharpened and rust free! Nicky Boughtwood, Wellington

Beautifully written. It has an ebb and flow feel to it just like the seasons. The relaxed style makes understanding pruning achievable for beginners. I loved reading it! The less is more approach and the visuals of leaving the prunings in a pile to gauge how much to prune is genius. I look forward to being able to sell it through the shop – it will sell itself. Congratulations! Sarah Frater, Edible Garden

Scorpio Book Review with Rachel – 27 June
Interview with Kim Hill

I’ve had lots of questions about pruning fruit and berries at my workshops. Today I bought this beautiful book from Wardini Books. Kath Irvine does a great job of explaining how to prune. Plus the sketches and layout are gorgeous. Don’t let it’s slim size and small price deceive you. The wealth of knowledge it contains is priceless. It outperforms many bigger, glossier and more expensive volumes. Rachel from The Kitchen Garden

Kath’s guide to fruit tree pruning is the most practical, informative, helpful and reassuring resource I have found (not to mention affordable). It has saved me hours watching potentially dubious you tube clips that don’t tell the whole story. As well as all this, it is clearly made with love. I bought one for a friend, then bought another for myself. I highly recommend this! Kate Dallenbach, VUW

Kath’s advice is straightforward and clear. As someone who gets easily overwhelmed with pruning and garden things – Kath makes it seem so easy! Rachel, a happy customer.

Wholesale Enquiries

Bookshops and garden centres, please contact Kath directly.