German arboriculture

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297. In arboriculture the Germans are in advance of the gardeners of Britain;because wood is, in most parts of Germany, the principal fuel, and because, in the interior, all timber for the purpose of construction is supplied from the territory, and but, as in Britain, imported by sea. The culture of hedges, however, is not so far advanced as in Britain; because agriculture, in most parts, is not yet in such a state as to require them; and, in other parts, where the snow lies six months on the surface, or where the vine is generally cultivated, they are of little use.