To do this week

RTÉ Guide - - Interiors -

1 With lots of prun­ing at this time of year, keep se­ca­teurs and lop­pers in good con­di­tion – cleaned af­ter use and rubbed with oil. Have blades sharp­ened or re­placed if ne­c­es­sary.

2 Top up bird feed­ers and po­si­tion new ones so you can see ac­tiv­ity from in­side the house. 3 If you have ap­ple trees, win­ter moth can be a prob­lem, lay­ing eggs from Novem­ber on, which hatch into cater­pil­lars in spring and start eat­ing the fruits as they form. A grease band wrapped around the trunk pre­vents the wing­less fe­male moths from climb­ing up the tree. 4 Win­ter-flow­er­ing heather (left) comes in many va­ri­eties for plant­ing now in bor­ders and con­tain­ers. 5 Sow seeds of ten­der plants on a warm win­dowsill or in a prop­a­ga­tor and take a look at seed cat­a­logues for ideas for next year.

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