When I was working Landscaping, all those decades ago, we were taught how to prune back the limbs of trees and plants in order to inhibit or shape growth.

You never wanted to simply cut everything back (like a lot of our local councils do for convenience’s sake) and hope that things would grow well. They don’t.

Instead, you had to intentionally shape the growth of the tree or plant. Where overall growth was being choked by too much of the plant’s food and water being directed to dead, dying or too full areas, it inhibited growth and weakened the plant overall.

When pruning the roses, we would cut at a budding spot down lower on the branch, in order to allow new growth to occur there. Cutting where it was green and getting good nourishment was important. Cutting in a spot where it was already dead was pointless. But we also angled the cut so that the new growth would grow out or in, depending on the angle, in order either to fill in the bush or help it grow outwards.

And where you wanted no more growth to occur, you cut dead straight and simply sealed the cut so that nothing could grow there again. In this way, no food was directed by the plant towards that area – resources were devoted instead to the new growth, which automatically drew on the organism and the environment to feed its success. The timing of the pruning for the particular plant and environment was also an important consideration, in order to ensure that optimal healing and growth could occur.

All of this required foresight, understanding, a vision of what you wanted to achieve, planning and execution – and you had to continue to feed the plant for ongoing growth.

It’s like that in our endeavours.

Too many people think simply cutting back will help them grow. It won’t.

Instead, you need to prune deadwood, cut back on clutter that hampers the ability to get adequate light, water and food, direct growth where you want to achieve your desired vision and feed the new growth where you already have life and success.

But we see organisations and leaders killing growth in order to subsidise cluttered, deadening and weedy areas of our gardens and parks, instead of rewarding and feeding good growth, helping it to achieve more and pruning out dead wood in order to draw out new strength and success.

Be careful how and where you prune and make sure you feed well, if you wish to grow!

© 2017 Peter J. McLean www.petermclean.co

Prune But Don’t Eliminate to Create New Growth
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