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Just when you thought it was time to stow the garden tools for the season, you get this news: winter is great for pruning.

In fact, winter is the best time for pruning trees and shrubs. You can wait a bit for grasses, but it’ll still be chilly when they need a trim.

Sure, it's more comfy for YOU to tackle this task in July. In shorts. Holding an icy lemonade. But your plants prefer it now.

Here are 6 benefits of winter pruning. We'll even tell you when to tackle it.

5 Things You Can Do NOW to Prepare Your Idaho Landscape For Winter

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Autumn is an amazing time of transition. With the summer’s heat and activities wrapped up, fall is time to enjoy the outdoors in a whole new way.

We bundle up a bit more. We marvel at the brilliance of color that emerges and the changes that take place as nature prepares itself for a long winter’s sleep.

Around your home, the feeling is an interesting mix. As temperatures cool, homeowners make a mad dash outdoors on sunny days trying to complete any cleanup tasks before it becomes too cold to venture outdoors. It’s reminiscent of preparing for hibernation, so we can soon rest easy and stay warm and cozy indoors.

While many landscape tips and suggestions focus on maintenance during the growing season, autumn is an essential time of year for performing landscape tasks. In fact, preparing the landscape now, while temperatures are in the low 40s or even high 30s, can result in substantial outcomes for the next spring and summer.

Since the window of time to complete these tasks is short, we’ve narrowed down the top items to focus on to prepare your Idaho landscape for winter.

Make the Most of Maple Trees In Your Idaho Home Landscape

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Golden branches blazing amidst evergreens as if kissed by the sun.

Leaves in fresh shades of pumpkin and carrot bursting in front of bronze and russet canopies.

And then the stars of the show: the rubies and scarlets and crimsons that make passers-by stop and just watch the scene with wonder.

Autumn is on its way. And trees are the main attractions—giving height to the vivid, endless color that adorns the landscape.

One of the tree species that tends to be a favorite in the fall show here in Idaho is the maple tree.