Posted by: Sheri Lukasiewicz @ Peace by Piece | November 3, 2009

Life Lessons from a Landscaper

It’s that time of year.  Pruning time.  We have some fruit trees on our acreage, and last year I was talking with a landscaper friend who told me about the benefits of pruning our trees.   After a hard freeze is the best time for pruning.  The tree sap is greatly slowed by the cold, resulting in less harm to the tree itself.

                                                 appletree

The task of pruning involves the ‘cutting away’ of branches from the tree that have grown, unchecked, during the year.  They serve no good purpose, these sprawling branches, and only spread the tree out over more space, resulting in the tree being much less effective.  Pruning also includes cutting away the little ‘sucker’ shoots that sprout from the base of the tree, and pull fruit-bearing energy away from the tree, just to sustain these little shoots.  They tend to be ‘life-drainers’.    Hum-m-m-m.

So, last year, I went out to my apple trees and did the deed.  I pruned.  The benefits of pruning weren’t immediately noticeable.  Then spring came and the blossoms and leaves were so much fuller in the pruned version of my trees than they had been in the larger, more strung-out versions from last year.  And THEN came harvest season..……my, oh my!!!  A tasty bumper crop of apples like we’ve never seen before!

So….CUTTING BACK yields richer, fuller results down the road?  I think I get the picture!  Life Editing.  The benefits of doing some ‘pruning’ in your life might not be evident right away, but definitely, in time, you will reap a more bountiful life.

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Responses

  1. I had no idea that the apple trees worked like that. So glad you had a wonderful harvest and a perfect first blog of the season. Congrat’s on both. 🙂

  2. Wow, the things nature can teach us. I love this!! Such a wonderful tie in to our lives!


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