It's an ongoing joke that resolutions for the new year last about two weeks. Well, the two week mark is just around the corner. Do we still have that same fire to change? Maybe we didn't even try because history has taught us that the two week "joke" is not a joke at all. Maybe it's reality.
Before I cut away any weak, broken, or damaged branches from a tree, I cut away a lot of the new growth. I can't hardly see the tree until the water sprouts are removed. The water sprouts are very persistent. They are strong healthy branches that have sometimes grown more than 10 feet in length. Why cut so much growth? Because it doesn't produce fruit! Fruit is produced on older more mature wood. Healthy spurs take years to form.
Type "self help industry statistics" in any search engine and you will see that billions of dollars are spent every year in the US on books, seminars, diets, and workouts. Well, before spending another dollar on self help remove all the popular persuasions competing for our self indulgence and stand back to take a good look at what is really fruitful.
The purpose of fruit tree pruning is not to maximizing growth, although growth in young trees is desirable. The three main purposes for fruit tree pruning are as follows:
- Increase light
- Increase airflow
- Strengthen branches
Each to be discussed in detail in the following blog posts, but to summarize these three main purposes for pruning do the following respectively:
- Increase energy absorption
- Decrease susceptibility for disease
- Improve the trees ability to withstand heavy loads
Growth in the garden that we call life is ok if you're young and have need to grow, but consider being fruitful this year. Adding to our lives for the sake of growth will only set us up for failure, so try removing from your life to increase energy, decrease illness, and strengthen your branches to better hold the fruitful abundance that you will develop this new year of 2014.