Why prune at all?
There are two basic reasons for pruning woody plants. A
selective post-plating and training cut assists young trees
and bushes in taking root after having been planted and
also to develop sturdy, richly-fruiting branches.
The pruning process prevents faulty development and ageing.
The second type of pruning is the shaping cut, where the
human desire for creativity is clearly evident.
We want healthy, richly blossoming and fruiting plants
to grow in our garden. Clever intervention with good quality
secateurs or saws ensures that the vitality of woody plants
is fully maintained. WOLF cutting implements are particularly
good and have been developed and thoroughly tested to match
the needs of both user and plant.
With most of the pruning we do, we remove the outer shoots
of the particular plant. Properly pruned, the plant’s
flow of energy can be steered, with you determining the
direction in accordance with where you apply the cut. The
dormant bud (this is the name usually given to the inconspicuous
bud for the new shoot), closest to the pruning position
is the one which sprouts. Sometimes there are several buds
that develop after a branch or twig has been pruned, in
which case the plant becomes bushier. Thus you can guide
your plants’ growth. For all plants the same rule
applies that the pruning wound should be kept as small as
possible and angled away from the bud. The distance to the
bud or to the next forked branch must be kept short; if
stumps are left, this will attract harmful organisms. Remember
that notwithstanding the general rules, the various species
of plant do react differently.
With all pruning jobs, cleanliness is of utmost importance.
The cut must be smooth and have clean edges. With their
sharp, anti-stick coated blades, WOLF secateurs guarantee
a precision cut. Ragged-cut wounds provide an ideal entry
for parasitic fungus and disease. In the event of contagious
bacterial or viral disease having infected wood which requires
pruning, it is advisable to disinfect the pruner blades
in a garden disinfectant prior to pruning other plants,
so as to avoid cross-infection. All dead and diseased branches
and trees must be completely pruned away and preferably
burnt. The diseased wood is easily distinguishable from
healthy wood, particularly in summer and can be removed
without any problem.