July 14, 2020

Pruning the Bald Cypress

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 the shape, to keep bushes and trees fresh and open, and to allow for better air circulation through the center of the specimen. This week, my outdoor grounds crew is "limbing up" the bald cypress trees - pruning back the low branches in order to allow enough light to filter down to the plants below.

Here are some photos, enjoy.