Pruning workshop provides helpful tips

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – To prune or not to prune was the question Saturday.
At Saturday’s pruning workshop, garden enthusiasts learned the ins and outs of pruning and properly taking care of their plants and trees. About a dozen people showed up at Tupelo Creative Commmons on South Spring Street to get tips and information from Tupelo Environmental Planner Sherri Cochran and Master Gardener Reginald Rose.
As a member of the Tupelo Gardening Club, Marian Hill understands the importance of pruning and wants others to as well.
“This is a good event to have because there are so many people afraid of pruning because they are scared they will damage the plants,” said Hill. “So the more people know about how it’s done and why it’s done, the better they will feel about doing it.”
Pruning is the removing of branches to shape plants and to make them healthier, according to Cochran, who said now is the perfect time for the workshop. January and February are the best months to prune because most of the leaves have fallen off.
“We just wanted to show people how to maintain their plants, trees and tools used to prune,” said Cochran. “Pruning is very important when it comes to the health of plants and trees and it helps them to look better. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it and this can mean the difference between a healthy tree and one that is damaged.”
Rose showed the participants the different types of pruning scissors, chain saws and other tools used in pruning. He said the tools were just as important as the pruning itself.
“Your tools need to be extra sharp and extra clean,” said Rose. “You want to have a clean cut when pruning branches in order to make sure it grows healthy. Unclean tools can cause fungus and other problems for plants and trees.”
Cochran said Saturday’s weather was good for getting outside and doing a little yard work.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@journalinc.com.