Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pruning/Relationship Guidelines

We have a pruning saw that resides in a cardboard sleeve. Printed on this is a screed that begins;
Pruning Is One Of The Most Misunderstood Techniques In Gardening. 
 Right away, it's got me. It goes on to say;
By Understanding A Few Basic Rules You Can Be On Your Way To Being The Director Of Your Garden Growth.
The Director?  Wow, this pruning saw really knows which buttons to push. The whole thing is written in this way – every word has a capital letter. It resembles a 19th century Nonconformist religious tract.

What I like is that if you read between the lines, you can see that what the pruning saw really offers is relationship advice. Such as these tactful pointers;
  • Always Cut Just Before A Bud
  • Be Careful, Too Much Summer Pruning May Cause Damage, and;
  • Avoid Making Wounds Any Larger Than Necessary, This Will Promote The Healing Process

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