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Taking a Cut
Gardeners often spend hours pruning their trees and shrubs in order to control size and shape, but pruning can do more than dictate a plant’s stature. Regular selective pruning, or maintenance pruning, is also a way to keep woody plants healthy and productive. One aim of maintenance pruning is to protect your woody plants from pests and disease, which can gain entry into a plant through dead wood, broken branches, and wounds caused by branches that are rubbing together. By thoughtfully cutting back tips, branches, limbs, and stems, you can also encourage youthful growth that produces abundant flowers and fruits as well as prevent the spread of pests and disease. Knowing where to begin with maintenance pruning can seem overwhelming since there are so many different trees and shrubs to consider. But by following three basic guidelines- knowing what, where, and when to cut – you will be successful in all of your pruning endeavours.
Always remember to feed plants after they have been pruned in order to encourage new growth.
Join us this week Friday for our FREE online workshop on Pruning, with Garden Guru Sue Both. This week’s prize will be sponsored by Lasher.
Please use the following login details to join us at 11am sharp over Zoom:
Meeting ID: 886 8649 0265 | Passcode: 578092 or use the following direct link: https://bit.ly/3vswZ2I