Contemporary Expression

That’s a Tree ..Not a Shrub
March 31, 2009, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Garden, Living An Artful Life

A Gardening Moment :

Do you live in Nashville? Then you know about the landscaper’s delight known as the Flowering Bradford Pear Tree. They are everywhere in this town. Our maybe I should say pear-shrubs.

Once the pretty white blooms are gone and the tree is green its time to prune. These trees are week and will split with a good wind if the wind can’t cut through them – you should be able to see through a pear tree.
And please — what is it with the branches all the way to the ground. Do you not know that that looks really stupid. Find the bottom branches and make a trunk, please!

How to prune a tree:

Step 1 Prune away any broken or diseased branches any time of the year. It’s important to get these off and away from your tree so that they don’t sap nutrients from the tree.

Step2 Wait until just before spring to do any major pruning. Make sure you have the right pruning shears for the job. You should have a couple different sizes of shears at your disposal.
Step3 Keep your cuts clean and don’t cut so close to the branch or trunk that you gouge it. Also, when it comes to pruning, less is more. You’re better off doing more training of your tree early on than pruning a great deal later. If you thinned the pear tree out last year, wait a few years before thinning it again.
Step4 Cut back any shoots that spring up around the tree. Also, trim back any branches that are aren’t pointing upwards. Branches that seem to be too close to each other and causing friction are troublesome, trim on away to relieve the other.
Step5 Get to the inside of the tree. Anything that doesn’t get sunshine isn’t going to produce. Trim away some interior branches. Your leader, or main top branch, should be solitary. Cut off any competition that has sprung up next to it. Also, watch for whorls and slender spaces between branches. Both should be pruned.
Step6 Remove any pruned-off material from the area around your pear tree. Keep the ground clear of any rotting debris. Instead, compost your cuttings or find some other use for them if you don’t want to just dispose of the pile.

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