Is it Time for Pruning?

A gardener pruning or deadheading drift roses.As I was pruning my Knock Out roses the other day, I was thinking about the seasons of the year and their impact on nature.

In the spring, it’s a time of rebirth or renewal. The daffodils  peek their heads out of the soil and announce that spring is about to arrive. The buds pop out on the trees and shrubs; and before you know it, their leaves appear almost overnight. Shortly after, summer adds its warmth to the soil and the plants quickly grow into a spectacular array of colorful flowers and emerald green foliage.

Fall, for me, happens way too soon, yet it brings with it a blaze of color as the leaves turn a brilliant gold, orange, and crimson. During the winter months or early spring, after the leaves have fallen and before the new growth develops, it’s time to prune the shrubs and cut away the dead leaves and flowers.

What’s so amazing to me is that by cutting back the shrub, you actually promote new growth and help make the plant healthier. This type of pruning is something we can do in our own lives…eliminating the extra baggage we’ve been carrying around that’s negatively impacting our lives. When we get rid of the distractions and the extra clutter, we will begin to see new growth and progress begin to take root.

With the winter months ahead of us, it’s the best time of year to regroup, reorganize your priorities, and determine new goals and objectives that will propel you forward in life! Take time to declutter your home, retool your business, or finish up a project you’ve been working on for months or even years. That way, when spring arrives, and it will before you know it, you’ll begin to see how much growth you’ve experienced throughout the year, both personally and professionally.

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