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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.

Death becomes it

John Manley
UNTIL quite recently, Detroit, Michigan was urban decay personified.

Berry nice indeed

John Manley
TO SOMEWHAT state the obvious, the autumn garden tends not to be as spectacular as its seasonal predecessor and therefore relies more on colourful foliage and texture, rather than bright, ostentatious blooms.

Going to pot with tulips

John Manley
BECAUSE of a fondness for naturalised planting, I find it hard to warm to tulips.

Pruning and fertilising among things to do in the garden this week

:: Plant new border perennials and water in well :: Prune deciduous autumn-flowering shrubs over three years old as they finish flowering :: Boost autumn green crops with a light dressing of general fertiliser :: Lift, divide and re-set large clumps of Lilium regale :: Fix greasebands around the stems of apple and pear trees to prevent crawling insects reaching fruit-bearing branches.

Gardening: 'Spring clean' the greenhouse for winter

Things to do this week in the garden: :: Spring-clean the greenhouse if you've finished harvesting summer crops :: Keep brassicas covered to protect them from pigeons :: Buy a compost bin as so much autumn debris can be added to it this month :: Continue to plant spring bulbs including daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses :: Stop feeding permanent plants growing in containers :: If you're going to plant forced hyacinth bulbs for Christmas, do it now :: Carry out lawn repairs, mending bald patches or sorting out bumps and hollows :: Prune repeat or continuous-flowering old-fashioned shrub and species roses :: If the ground is soft enough, move evergreen shrubs and conifers which have outgrown their allotted space :: Sow overwintering onions in vacant rows in the veg plot.

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