September 9, 2019

Pruning Trees and Hedges at the Farm

There's a lot of garden work underway at my Bedford, New York farm.

This time of year, everyone is weeding, watering, mulching, fertilizing, and pruning. 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 the shape, to keep bushes and trees fresh and open, and to allow for better air circulation through the center of the specimen. Last week, my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew pruned various plantings - the grapevines, the hornbeam hedges surrounding my new white lily garden, and the many fruit trees in my orchard.

Enjoy these photos.