Definitions: The technique of thinning out branches and foliage on trees or shrubs by trimming or cutting away branches in order to support plant growth and maintenance.
Pruning in the Forest Garden:
Pruning promotes healthy and vigorous growth among plants in a Forest Garden. By thinning out excess branches on a fruit tree, farmers can 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, high-quality fruits.
Additionally, pruning helps Forest Garden farmers prevent and control the spread of disease. By frequently checking on trees and pruning regularly, farmers can identify stresses and diseases early enough to remove the dead, damaged, and diseased branches. Early detection and pruning will stop diseases from spreading across the tree. By maintaining tree health through techniques like pruning, farmers can grow more resilient trees that are less vulnerable to disease.