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Benevolent predators on parade

John Manley
BIOLOGICAL plant protection shouldn't be regarded as a new thing, after all the methods employed are as old as nature itself.

Things to do in the garden this week: Tips on pruning with a saw

:: When pruning large branches of trees and shrubs with a saw, make a cut on the underside first, to prevent bark tearing back as the branch comes away :: Protect the tops of celery with cloches or cover them with straw :: If a new flush of growth starts to appear on Christmas cherries – Solanum capsicastrum – and threatens to hide the colourful fruits, pinch it out :: Remove any debris which may have lodged between newly-planted spring bedding and remove weeds :: Order lettuce seed, so you can make early sowings in frames during January :: Protect early peas and beans sown in autumn from the protection of a little soil drawn up around them to make a windbreak :: Erect a screen to protect newly planted evergreens from wind scorch :: Prune deciduous shrubs and trees if any fairly large-scale work is necessary :: Reduce the length of the stems on any tall rose bushes to decrease the risk of them being moved in the ground by the wind :: Prune out the areas of apple trees infected with apple canker.

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