Posted: 06/12/2014 at 23:50
No disrespects to forum members. Cutting back, sawing off etc. Please believe me there are so many myths and legends. From a scientific aspect. Much really boils down to common sense. Botanically the outer covering of trees shrubs etc, acts as a protection throughout the lifetime of the subject. Crash course. Any plant tree, shrub or whatever. When cut, bleeds in it's own way, much like you and me. Just the same the body elements come to the rescue. and soon the moisture surface dries then in it's own way hardens off. So that is fine. Now then in the case of say winter cutting etc. The temperature and general perhaps frosty climate will allow the moisturised cut surface to virtually freeze over. Gradually the frozen surface will thaw out, but the process of freezing goes much further. The ice particle enter deeper into the core of the plant section, as they do, they also expand. Example. A hosepipe left exposed in extra cold/freezing temperatures. The water is still water but the ice particles expand and a burst pipe results, so like the cut branch etc. Truthfully I can't see a simple cut or perhaps a few resulting in such a death dealing blow, but at the end of the day. I would suggest. Be patient and wait a bit longer to say the spring.