Midwest: December Backyard To-Do Listing

Craft your personal winter container association utilizing evergreens, colourful dogwood (Cornus spp. and cvs., Zones three–9) and willow (Salix spp. and cvs., Zones four–9), decorative grasses, and grapevine (Vitis spp. and cvs., Zones 5–9). Use containers of supplies that won’t be broken by frost, similar to stone or plastic.

Spherical up your instruments and clear them earlier than winter. Photograph: Danielle Sherry

Clear, sharpen, and oil instruments earlier than placing them away for the winter.

pruning in winterWork out what must be pruned this winter. Photograph: Jennifer Benner

Make a winter to-do record of pruning jobs. From inside your property, take note of the form of bushes and shrubs and the way they body or spotlight backyard views. Tree pruning is a enjoyable activity for sunny days, and shrubs may be pruned so long as there may be not an excessive amount of snow on the bottom obscuring the bottom of the vegetation.

—Erin Presley is a horticulturist at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.

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