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Most people associate pruning simply with the process of cutting down the dead or infected branches in order to enhance the tree’s health and growth. However, the core mechanics of Pruning and the method of harnessing optimal positive results from it depend on the collection of various factors. These factors may include –
- Right technique
- Using the right/ appropriate cutting tools
- Pruning at the right time
The first two factors seem to be a rather popular knowledge amongst all the garden enthusiasts. However, the right time for pruning seems to baffle most people. It’s not as simple as just pruning when you see some dead branches. It is about ensuring that the tree grows taller, healthier and stronger in the future. The wrong time/ season for can produce unpropitious results, which is not what you (or anyone) would want. Hence, it is important to understand when you should undertake to reap its optimal benefits. You can always consider consulting localtreeexpert.com for further guidance.
When it comes to understanding the ideal time for pruning, different trees have different pruning seasons. This is primarily due to their different blooming seasons. Its time can also depend on your purpose for pruning as well.
- Pruning large trees
If you have a large tree in your backyard/ garden, and you want to prune it for better and more organized growth, the ideal time for pruning would be either late winter or early spring season. This gives them enough time to recover and grow new and stronger branches during the blooming (spring) season.
Learning how to use a billhook, and pruning during winter, also provides an additional and rather obvious advantage. The trees are free from any flowers or leaves during winter. Hence it provides easy access to the tree and helps in distinguishing the main trunk from the other branches as well.
- Pruning for limiting the growth of the tree
Some large trees in your garden can grow up to a height where it may start causing inconvenience to other nearby trees or transmission lines. In such cases, instead of cutting down the entire tree, you can prune the tree during Summer in order to reduce the rate at which the tree grows.
Pruning during summer can leave the tree exposed to the harsh sunlight conditions. Hence, the new growth is considerably lesser than in any other season. Also, a proper summer pruning can reduce the requirement during the late winter or early spring season.
- Pruning for increasing the tree’s productivity
Whether the tree is a fruit tree or a flowering tree, the primary purpose of pruning for most people is to harness the maximum productivity during its blooming season. For such purposes, the ideal time would be after the flowers fade away aka right after its blooming season. The span of duration between the flowers shedding its flowers to the time when new flower shoots start to grow is the ideal time for pruning so that the new shoots develop in the healthiest possible way.
- Pruning to repair damages
Trees are naturally prone to damages, particularly due to severe weather conditions. Various harsh weather conditions such as lightning, storm, heavy rain, insect infestation, etc. contribute to damaging the tree’s health and its overall structure. Such untimely damages can ruin the structure if not pruned at the earliest.
It is, therefore, of utmost importance to cut those damaged branches as soon as you notice them. You don’t have to wait till summer or winter to cut those branches. The longer they are kept, the more damage they can do to the rest of the tree.
These are just some of the most basic and ideal pruning duration/ season for harnessing the best results. The easier way is to seek advice from a professional Arborist such as Sydney Tree to help you determine the best time for various other fruits/ flowering trees.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to prevent dumping of toxic wastes in India. Speaking at an event to celebrate DRI's 64th foundation day, Sitharaman lauded DRI's compact strength of about 800 officers for their relentless efforts despite the imminent risks. The Finance Minister stated that the officers may be keeping a low profile, but they are acting like the frontline defence forces, doing spectacular work in safeguarding the economic frontiers of the country. "The recent smuggling attempts of huge quantities of narcotics, gold, red sanders, ivory, cigarettes etc. unearthed by DRI were appreciated by the Finance Minister," the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.
"Sitharaman said that the message through such enforcement actions should be such that these acts of brazen attempts at smuggling are nipped in the bud," the statement added. The Finance Minister also said that better coordination among the law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies and sharing of actionable intelligence are the way forward in protecting the frontiers of the country more efficiently. "Sitharaman also asked the DRI to focus on interdicting dual use technology items as well as preventing the dumping of toxic wastes in our country," the statement said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Nirmala Sitharaman, India, Toxic Wastes)
Tech giant Amazon has expanded the sound detection capabilities of Alexa along with more features. Alexa can now identify the sounds of running water and appliances beeping, reports Android Central. This means users can set up an Alexa routine to notify themselves when the washer beeps to indicate that laundry is finished, the report said.
When Alexa detects that the faucet has been left open, it will send users a notification as well so they can take appropriate action, it added. Amazon previously said at its event in September that it would add the ability to programme Alexa to recognise custom sounds, but that feature has yet to arrive. Having said that, the two new sound detection capabilities not only help users save energy, but they also make it easier to avoid paying for unnecessary charges on your home utilities, the report said.
The retail giant has also announced ultrasound motion detection, which will allow you to set up "Occupancy Routines" on additional Echo devices. This feature allows your smart speaker to detect nearby motion and initiate a routine, such as turning on the lights. It is compatible with many of the best Alexa speakers including the 4th-gen Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: laundry, appliances, beeping, running water, Sound, Alexa , Amazon)
By Olivia Sarkar
Comforting Christmas cocktails help you enjoy the celebrations and get into the festive spirit. The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts offer distinctive cocktails ranging from Hot Toddies to Decadent Egg Nogs. Sit back and enjoy one martini at a time to make the festive season a little brighter.
Dirty Chai Eggnog:
30 ml Bourbon
30 ml Baileys
90 ml Hot milk tea
Sweet cream foam to top up
Cinnamon powder and star anise.
1. In a heavy bottomed med sauce pot, prepare tea with milk. Strain and let it cool.
2. In a cocktail shaker add egg white, Bourbon, Baileys with whole spices. Shake well.
3. Pour the tea in the glass followed by ingredients from cocktail shaker.
4. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon powder, whole star anise
Eggnog is a Christmas favourite that is accustomed to toasts for good health and prosperity.| Pikist
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavours is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter.
45 ml Butter fat washed Whiskey
20 ml Ginger bread syrup
15 ml Spiced Apple liquor
2 dashes of Bitters
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
2. Shake well
3. Pour into an old-fashioned glass
4. Garnish with Gingerbread cookie
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavors is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter. | Flickr
(Keywords: Santa's Apple, Egg Nogs, December, Cocktail, Cocktail, Christmas, holiday, celebrations)