How to Prune a Stick for Garden Shrubs

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Pruning a stick for garden shrubs is something that you can do with both vegetable and ornamental gardens. Prune a stick for garden shrubs with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Staddon. I'm with Monrovia. Today, we're going to talk about how to prune a stick for garden shrubs. So in your garden whether you are a vegetable gardener or an ornamental gardener, or perennial gardener, you are always going to look for plants to use for staking and I'm going to show you a unique idea. Stick around. So you go around the garden. You look for various sorts of sticks. Well that's no good and this, that's too short, that's awful and this well I guess it's kind of a start but it's really not stout enough. For your staking needs, grow bamboo. Now some of you out there will say absolutely not Nicholas because bamboo is invasive and there are some bamboos which do run in the garden but there are lots of Bambusa varieties and very hardy varieties that are clumpers, they do not run. The other thing is that bamboo puts 10% more oxygen back into the air than any other known plant on the planet. Here I have harvested a bamboo comb, that's what they call a bamboo stake. They are very easy to prepare. You go through, you take off the branches, sharp pair of pruners, look at the stake you are going to have. Look at that, absolutely straight as an arrow. You dry this fora year, you will have a garden stake that will last you for years. If it's too long with your pruners, you can make two short stakes. This is the way to go, get the bamboo that works for you in your garden.

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