The planting system is moderated and the light is created by cutting the plants. The cut produces biomass, which is distributed on the soil, keeps it moist and provides nutrients for the long term. In many plants the cut also stimulates the growth and thus increases the growth dynamics.
We will introduce you to the most important pruning techniques.
Important tools, how to use the chainsaw and tips for effective cutting.
An important aspect of dynamic agroforestry is to keep the established plant system in a state of youth, because this is when the plants grow the strongest. Many plants can easily be rejuvenated through pruning.
Some plants try to crowd each other out by growing towards the light. The result is that only one plant has light, while the other is left to fend for itself. This can be counteracted by pruning so that both plants can grow.
Not only space, but above all light and air can take plants away from each other.
Another central element of dynamic agroforestry is the targeted build-up of biomass in the system. On the one hand, this is achieved through pruning, because many plants grow more after they have been pruned. Secondly, almost all the cuttings are left in the system, cut into small pieces and distributed.
Synchronisation becomes necessary when two plants grow at different rates and one plant starts to take space, light and air from the other. The fast-growing plant is pruned to the same height as the somewhat slower-growing one or even a little lower. This takes advantage of the competition between the plants. When the faster growing plant starts to sprout again, the somewhat slower one tries to keep up and often grows beyond its usual size.