Wicklow People (Arklow) - - GARDENING -

WITH the whiff of Spring in the air, gar­den­ers across Coun­try are brac­ing them­selves for the task of tack­ling their gar­dens and be­gin­ning the pruning process. Spring can feel like a jolt of pres­sure for those with gifted green fin­gers as there is a lot of work to be done in such a short space of time.

While pruning is an es­sen­tial task, gar­den­ers should not feel wary of the chop. A num­ber of plants re­quire pruning be it roses, fruit, climbers and shrubs. For ex­am­ples, ap­ples should be pruned in early spring and they should just be pruned mod­er­ately and it is im­por­tant to avoid sharp v-shaped snips.

For rose (climbers) they should be pruned af­ter flow­er­ing, and they should be cut half of old growth but keep the new shoots for next year. The ‘rose of Sharon,’ can be pruned all win­ter as its killed wood be­gins to swell and grow back to live wood. The Rhodo­den­dron should be pruned af­ter flow­er­ing, and it’s im­por­tant to snip braches from weak, leggy plants to in­duce good growth from its roots. The Vir­ginia Creeper should be pruned in the Spring and Sum­mer and it’s im­por­tant to clip young plants freely and to re­move the dead growth. Clip young plants freely. Thin old plants and re­move dead growth.

For lilac it’s im­por­tant to prune them af­ter flow­er­ing, and to re­move the dis­eased, scaly growth flower heads. For flow­er­ing dog­wood, it’s im­por­tant to prune the af­ter flow­er­ing and to re­move the dead wood only.

For peaches, the best time to prune is early spring, and re­move half of lat year’s growth but keep the tree headed low.

There is sym­bolic mean­ing at­tached to trees, for ex­am­ple; Oak is viewed as strength, sta­bil­ity and courage, and also is seen as be­ing mar­i­tal fi­delity and ful­fil­ment.

The Birch is sym­bolic of new be­gin­nings, re­newal and youth. Tra­di­tion­ally birch wood was used to make ba­bies’ cra­dles, so it is of­ten given as a gift to cel­e­brate the birth of a child.

The ap­ple is as­so­ci­ated with im­mor­tal­ity, sym­bolic of beauty, love, gen­eros­ity and fertility. This is of­ten given as a gift to young cou­ples who move into their first home.

The highly or­na­men­tal cher­ries area pop­u­lar choice for com­mem­o­ra­tive trees, but also for cel­e­brat­ing events such as chris­ten­ings and com­mu­nions.

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