GARDENING Remove dead, diseased or damaged wood in deciduous trees and shrubs. Avoid pruning birches, acers and vines, which are liable to bleed profusely if pruned after midwinter. Prune Wisteria this or next month (cut all stems coming off the main framework to 2 or 3 buds of the previous years’ growth). Leave evergreens and tender plants until spring or summer. Check all recently planted trees and shrubs - if they have been lifted by frost, firm them down.
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Keep off the lawn as much as possible when there is a frost or if it is wet - damage to waterlogged lawns is easily inflicted.
To keep your Christmas houseplants looking in top condition, follow these simple guidelines... Poinsettias, phalaenopsis and Christmas cacti - like to be warm, although not blasted with heat on top of radiators and the like! Poinsettias will reward exposure to cold or draughts with almost certain death, so treat them with kid gloves. Beware overwatering any of them. Feed poinsettias weekly, the others fortnightly. Cyclamen, azaleas and cymbidium orchids - prefer cooler conditions and like to be moist, though not overwatered. Dunk them in a bowl of water until the pot feels heavy and allow to drain before replacing on a saucer of gravel. Pinch faded cyclamen flowers at the base of the stem and remove spent azalea flowers very carefully - the new buds are often just below the old ones.
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