We have always held the opposite opinion, and, with knife in hand, have whipped them off from every tree we could possibly reach; but recently a Delaware pear-grower called attention to a fact in his experience which gave a new idea. He says he permits all his suckers to remain down to the end of the growing season, because they make the trunk more stocky, and hence with young trees, less likely to be bent or blown about with the wind. It is a question to be discussed whether the loss of nourishment to the upper branches of the tree, by the maintenance of the miserable little sucker below is counterbalanced by the extra stockiness of the trunk. We think not. The tree needs all the opportunity for life and nourishment it can get. Suckers are like parasites, useless subsistants on the food that belongs to other branches. We think the only common Sense mode is to permit the tree to carry no more branches than it can mature well, and remove all superfluous shoots. The best way to avoid all trouble with suckers is to cut them off as soon as they first appear.

If delayed, the task of their removal will be greatly increased, and the risk of injury to the tree become greater.

A cultivator states, in the Country Gentleman, the worst thing that can be done is cutting the suckers off with a knife in such a way that short stubs are left to sprout a second time. If the sprouts are small or only one season's growth, they can be easily and well removed by grasping them one at a time with both hands, and then, with a stiff cowhide boot, place the foot next the tree and on the sucker, and one or two quick-jerks will separate it to the base. If this is impracticable, take a small gouge and mallet and cut them off closely. When it is thoroughly done, they will not be likely to reappear, and the few that appear subsequently are easily got rid of. A neatly kept, clean orchard is better and more profitable in every way than one infested with suckers, weeds, grass and bushes".