The pruning of autumn is done so that in the spring, trees grow with more concentrated nutrients, strong buds and can, among other things, withstand fungi or insects that can damage them.
The lime, with which we began our pruning season, had been invaded by fungi two years ago due to the intense rains that did not allow the drying of its roots. Two springs later without blossoming, the lime tree that had previously given us shade and was close to the classroom, began to break. We decided to cut it because of the danger it meant it could fall if a strong storm happened.
We asked an experienced pruner, who always helps our students learn how to use the gardening machinery, to come to cut the tree so that we could learn to do that in the future, if needed. Students helped with ropes to direct the fall of the tree towards the clear places of the park avoiding that its fall could damage ceilings, floors or other trees.
Our pruning friend calmly explained how to prepare the machines for pruning, find the right position for the ladder and the rope, secure their harnesses and hooks to finally climb the tree fully prepared. From above, he directed the students to pull the rope at the exact moment that he indicated it. They had to do it by first swinging the tree and then throwing it with a thud towards the safest place on the ground. After almost 5 hours of work we finished the first day of pruning this autumn. In the coming weeks, students will learn to prune small trees to help them grow without problems.