Planning Ahead Quick Tip

| 11/21/2014 9:22:00 AM

Acorn and ThistleEvery winter, I spend quite a bit of time just thinking about what I can do now to make my job easier come springtime. Between the animals, the garden and the fruit trees, once the weather starts warming up everything gets really busy and the time flies by. There are a lot of things that need to happen around a certain time, too, so a little forethought goes a long way for bigger tasks like pruning.

Generally speaking, spring is one of the best times to prune many plants, but definitely not all of them. I’m talking about things like roses, trees, and fruiting bushes that benefit from a haircut in the spring. Pruning, when done correctly, goes a long way to maintaining the health and productivity of your plants.


So, as soon as the leaves fall, I like to cut up some string and stash it in my work jacket. This way, any time I’m outside and I see a branch that needs to be pruned off in the spring, I can mark it. I do the same thing if I see branches in the summer, but it’s so much easier to see the overall shape once the leaves are out of the way.

Do you have any tips for helping manage future jobs in your yard? 

Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters