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Protect hosepipes from frost damage and potential leaks next summer by emptying them of water and disconnecting them from the tap before rolling them up to store in the shed. While you're at it, repair any existing leaks with duct tape so they're ready to go next season.
Plant of the Week: Arbutus
This striking small tree’s common name says it all: the strawberry tree is an eyecatching sight when its clusters of huge, fat, scarlet fruit emerge brilliant lipstick-red against the handsome, glossy evergreen foliage looking for all the world like giant strawberries. It takes a year for the delicate froths of ivory-white, bell-like autumn flowers to develop the fruit – so often they’re both on the tree at the same time.
This is a fantastic choice for a smaller garden, making a spreading, shrubby tree to about 8m (24ft). It grows just about anywhere, including in coastal areas, and needs minimal pruning, just the odd snip to keep it in shape.