A friend of mine had made this suggestion to me, since when you cut the plant it is still alive, therefore still being alive when dying. Hes no biologist but thinks that the root system still holds a lot of the nutrients that are not in the bud when you would cut the branches. Why not shovel out the whole root system and tie er up in a black garbage bag . then hang the whole plant upside down for 2 days, then cutting the branches. The idea is to give a chance for all those nutrients to go down into the buds.