5 DECEMBER 1952, Page 24

Pruning Fruit-trees can be pruned between the end of autumn

and March. Young trees should definitely be left until the end of February when the buds will have swollen. Even the old trees must be handled with care, because the frost will attack. where the cutting has been drastic. Root-pruning is a business for a specialist, and when it is undertaken great care must be exercised in preserving the fibrous roots, Some people work half-way round a tree in one season and complete the

roovpruning the following year. IAN N