Pruning, pruning, pruning, pruning!
When to prune? How to prune? When to prune this? When to prune that?
People seem so confused by it all.
So in as few words as possible I am going to give you my take on pruning.
I just prune. I give it very little thought, I pay no attention to when something it going to bloom or not bloom, I just prune! For the most part I stay on top of my pruning for two reasons.
1. At home my wife would never let me get away with leaving things un-pruned and she does about 80% of the pruning in our landscape. Then she points me at the things that I need to prune.
2. I grow plants in the nursery for a specific purpose so keeping them pruned as needed is part of the process and if I don’t keep up with it I end up with ugly plants.
So I just prune. If I’m walking through the nursery, or the yard at home and see a branch that should be there, off it comes.
Most of the time I have a pair of pruning shears in the front pocket of my bib overalls. Doesn’t matter when it is. Spring, summer, fall, dead of winter. If I take a notion to prune it gets pruned right then and there, very little thought involved.
Why I Prune My Plants Constantly.
If I look at a Japanese maple in my yard or in the nursery and see one branch that sticking way out from the plant it’s obvious that it has to come off eventually. Why wait? That branch is loaded with buds that will quickly turn into more branches, those branches into more branches and on it goes. But what doesn’t change, is the fact that original branch needed pruning and still does. So any growth that appears on the branch or it’s off spring is wasted growth, wasted energy that could have gone to making the plant better, not exponentially more lopsided.
Make a Trip Around Your Yard Right Now.
How Do Things Look? What Needs Pruned Right Now? Prune them now. Don’t let those plants put on a lot of growth where you don’t want growth.
A loss of flowers if you prune now? Me? I don’t care! I want a nice plant. If I failed to prune it when it needed pruning I deserve to not the see the flowers this year. Okay, let’s see what I have for you on pruning. Things I written in the past.
Questions, comments? Shout’em out below.