ONE chore that’s worthwhile fitting in before the end of this month is using a winter tree wash.
The most popular organic sprays are a blend of natural plant and fish oils but you can now get garlic-based ones.
They’re used to control over-wintering insect pests on fruit trees and bushes.
I tend to use Vitax’s Winter Tree Wash (about £9) – you’ll have to go to a garden centre for it, DIY stores tend not to stock it.
It controls the eggs, larvae and nymphs of aphids and other over-wintering nuisances on apples, pears, plums, cherries, gooseberries, blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants.
Apply during calm, dry conditions from November to February (easier said than done – fingers crossed for this weekend).
Using a pump-action sprayer, thoroughly soak all bark surfaces, especially the crooks of branches.
If required, repeat just prior to bud break in early spring.