September 9, 2020
Definition: The technique of thinning out (trimming or cutting away) branches and foliage on trees or shrubs in order to support growth and maintenance.
A Closer Look: Pruning promotes healthy and vigorous growth. By thinning out excess branches on a fruit tree, farmers are able to increase the quality and quantity of their harvest. Rather than spending precious energy on excess branch growth, a pruned fruit tree will be able to focus its energy on building a strong root system and growing healthy fruits.
Disease Prevention: Pruning helps Forest Garden farmers prevent and control the spread of disease. By frequently checking on trees and pruning regularly, farmers are able to identify diseases early enough to remove the damaged and diseased branches. Early detection and pruning will stop diseases from spreading across the tree. When tree health is maintained, trees become more resilient and less susceptible to diseases. Learn more about the importance of pruning in Chapter 11 of the Technical Manual.