The world of plant pruning can be an interesting one if you understand what you are doing. Many people only prune in the winter because it stimulates growth for the coming season. Summer pruning can be seen as a sacred art left only for people that are well versed in the ways of plants. This is not entirely true, pruning in the summer is actually meant to check plant growth rather than stimulate it. Below are a few reasons why you should prune your plants in the summer months.
The Prunus Family Is Only Meant To Be Pruned In The Summer Months
The Prunus family is made up of plants such as apricots, plums, gages, etc. The reason that these plants should only be trimmed in the summer is to reduce the risk of silver leaf disease; a condition they are especially susceptible to.
Silver leaf disease is caused by fungi that reproduce or releases spores during the fall and winter months. The disease slowly progresses through the tree via the sap and the most commonly used remedy is to prune the plant back beyond the affected area and burn the cuttings. Not a normal prune but a really brutal one.
Instead of subjecting your beautiful Prunus plants to this kind of treatment, it will be best just to prune them in the summer months and be done with it.
Although the Prunus family is only meant to be pruned in the summer months, other types of plants also benefit from summer pruning for the same reason. Prevention of bacterial and fungal infections that spread more easily in the winter months. A good habit to form is using a good product such as Bacseal to close up pruning cuts.
It Helps Create A Better Current Yield In Fruiting Plants.
Plants grow rather vigorously during the summer months. This rapid growth takes away energy from the fruiting buds that you worked so hard to cultivate throughout the year. Trained fruit trees are especially notorious for this and if they are left to have their own way, will quickly turn unruly. To prevent this, it is best to prune trained fruit trees in the late summer.
As the new shoots grow and spread their leaves, it casts shade on the fruits and prevents air from flowing as freely through the tree. Although you will still get fruit, they will grow much better in full sunlight and with a lot of air flowing through their branches. Giving you much larger, sweeter, and better-looking fruit.
With that being said, it is important to check unruly growth while removing branches that prevent light from reaching the interior of the tree. Remember that it is also necessary for air to be able to flow through a tree to keep it healthy.
It Also Creates A Better Yield In Next Year’s Harvest.
Trees are really amazing; you cut off parts of their body, and they repay you by growing more of what you want next year. When you prune the new leafy extensions of a plant during the summer months, the buds that are left behind will sometimes turn into fruit buds. That means instead of getting even more leaves next year, you may get much more fruit. Although this does not happen all the time, it is still a great fringe benefit caused by pruning in the summer.
Pruning In The Summer Helps Keep Trees Manageable.
The big difference between commercial orchards and the trees in your backyard is space. Where they have countless acres to grow their trees, you do not have a fraction of space, time, or expertise for that.
If you allow your tree to grow too vigorously during the summer months, it can adversely affect your efforts to create a strong, healthy, and high yielding tree. When pruning a tree that you have on your property, it is important to restrict its height to a size you can easily manage. When you prune to control the size in the summer, you can prune for shape during the winter months.
You Can Diversify Your Garden.
The major constraint to the amount and variety of trees that you plant is the space. Nothing else really affects you as much as that. When you prune in the summer months and keep your trees at a manageable level, you are able to plant more in a smaller area.
Unless you just want a single mighty tree, a good size for your trees is about six to eight feet. At this size, you can easily reach the canopy with your hands or a small stool. In addition to allowing you to plant a greater diversity of flora, it will make everything much easier for you.
It Is Easier
If you can get over the extra foliage that will come raining down on you from the heavens, it is much more enjoyable to prune a plant during the summer months. The cold, damp, and all around unfriendly winter months are quite discouraging when it comes to pruning.
Think about how fun it will be to go out on a perfect summer morning with a glass of wine or tea (your choice) and take care of your plants. Plants that want nothing more than to produce fruit and flowers that will keep you happy year after year.
In addition to being easier in the summer months, you can make it a fun activity for your family rather than a chore.
Right after dogs, plants can be considered man’s best friend. They take care of us in numerous ways such as food and shelter. It is our job to take care of them as just as well as they take care of us. There are many benefits to pruning in the summer months that accrue not only to the plant but to the person doing the pruning. Now that the mystery of why you should prune in the summer months has been deciphered, it is time to get out there and take care of your plants so that they can continue to give you more of what you want.