March 25, 2019

Pruning Around the Farm

Pruning chores are in full swing at my Bedford, New York farm.

Pruning is about more than just looks; proper pruning improves the health of the plants, prevents disease, and encourages better flowering. There are different pruning strategies for different times of the year, but overall the goals are the same - to control shape, to keep bushes and trees fresh and open, and to allow for better air circulation through the center of the specimen. Over the last few weeks, my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew have been busy pruning various plantings around the farm - the apple trees, the Rose of Sharon shrubs, and the many rose bushes in my Flower Cutting Garden.

Enjoy these photos.