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Pruning Quotes

September 27, 2010

The following quotes are taken from internet sites that deal with horticulture and the art of pruning. It really helps me see what God does in my life when He prunes me with His word. These are powerful parallels. Check it out!  Gordon

Pruning evergreen shrubs allow you to control their size and shape, which enhances the character of the plant. Pruned evergreen shrubs are generally healthier and more disease resistant. John Deere Landscapes

Fruit size, quality and pest management are influenced by training and pruning. Untrained and unpruned trees become entangled masses of shoots and branches that produce little or no fruit and harbor insects and diseases. Bob Polomski Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Clemson University.

A tree is best shaped in its first two or three years in the garden. This technique, called formative pruning, will establish an optimum trunk and branch structure and will fix minor problems before they become major ones. It also makes the tree more attractive. The work is best done in winter, when you have a clear view of the branches and the tree is dormant. The Washington Post Company

Pruning practice theory is simple. In a nutshell, you look at the vine, counting the number of heads it has per arm and noticing whether they are at balance with each other. Not too different from a hair stylist evening out unruly locks of hair to each side of your head, I suppose. You try to achieve some equilibrium, but want it to look “natural” as well. The quid of the question is how to decide on the small number of lucky canes and buds that will stay and which ones will be cut off completely…you take eyes out, chop heads off, inflict wounds, let them shed tears, and so on.  Pruning often seems drastic to the uninitiated, but it is a beautiful and very creative task, which makes the plant more vigorous and productive, and less prone to disease.  Urban Gatherer

Pruning is a horticultural practice involving the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. Reasons to prune plants include deadwood removal, shaping (by controlling or directing growth), improving or maintaining health, reducing risk from falling branches, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and both harvesting and increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits. The practice entails targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted tissue from crop and landscape plants.

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