Looks like a bit of leaf scorch caused by water droplets on the leaves magnifying the sunlight. I don't think it's anything to worry about and the younger leaves look perfect.
If they're only an inch thick, a jigsaw would make prettly light work of it. If you let it cut rather than pushing it hard the vibration would be kept to a minimum and you'll get a nice clean cut. A chainsaw would do it in seconds but the vibration would be severe and the cut ends would be messy.
I've always left mine to do their own thing but In do grow a lot of plants so not so concerned about how tall and bushy the plants get. Perhaps experiment and remove from some but not others?
I've done that in the past but the autumn crop is much reduced and sometimes the new canes which appear in spring don't fruit in the autumn as they should. If you also have summer fruiting types nearby it gets inceasingly difficult to see what is what so I went back to 'standard practice'.
And wire netting will also work against grey squirrels (if you have them) who simply chew through standard bird netting.
It's the weed Chenopodium album commonly called goosefoot or fat-hen. It is edible but don't let it seed or you will have it in your garden forever!
The vaseline band need to be about 3 inches wide and about 1/4" thick, or you can buy grease bands instead Wonky. You also need to make sure there is no other route to the tree such as a tall growing plant near it, otherwise they *will* find the alternative route! One year I put the grease band below where the trunk was tied to the stake - duh!
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Janey, I grow young Scots Pines from seed which are closely related and they do lose needles near the trunk at this time of the year so I think it is perfectly normal. However, the advice given above is sound and worth following.
There are only 3 different shrubs there Muddle-up, with 2 photos of each.
1) is variagated Weigelia2) is Viburnum3) don't recognize
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They'll love that as a growing medium yarrow2 and are looking very healthy. They now need as much sun as possible and regular watering.