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Pruning Simplified

Pam Walatka

Winter is a good time to prune roses and fruit trees.


You can do this. It is fun.


  1. Clippers, hand-size tool used to cut small branches and stems.
  2. Loppers, long-handled clippers that enable you to reach higher, and cut bigger limbs. /
  3. Hand pruning saw (not shown). Handle just long enough to grasp. Curved blade with big teeth. Look for the word Pruning on the lable.

  4. Ladder, for fruit trees. Be careful; make sure your ladder is always sitting solidly, not wobbly.
  5. Pole saw, for fruit trees. Optional.
  6. Pole chain saw. These are new. Very handy, but highly optional. Be careful! /


Prune when plants are dormant, in the winter. New Years Eve is the best day to start pruning.


Pruning encourages better flowers, more fruit, and healthier plants and trees.


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Happy Gardening!

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