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Everybody says you’ve got to trim (prune) those trees, and I agree, untrimmed apple trees look pretty ugly, so I too do it.

I’m almost done with the apple trees.

Some don’t need trimming, like pear trees, and some trees and bushes are better pruned in the summer or fall, like the prunes and plums.

It’s time to trim the trees and bushes.

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As I mentioned last year, I don’t follow any school of thought or method when it comes to pruning, trimming, or gardening for that matter. I just trim the trees and bushes to thin them out and make them look better, not for maximum production or anything like that. We get too much produce as it is.

I prefer this time of year when the fruit trees and bushes are dormant, and there is not much else to do in the garden, and the leaves are not in the way. According to authorities, some should be pruned in the late summer or fall, but I usualy don’t have time then, or I have forgotten all about it.

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With snow on the ground you can see tracks of all the nighttime activity in the garden. The wildlife use the garden as a playground as well as a source of food.

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The rabbits (brown hares) have been trying to find a way in to nibble at an elderberry seedling covered with a wire bushel basket.

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Young fruit trees must have a chicken wire tube around the base also, for protection from the hungry rabbits and deer (roe deer).

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The deer don’t eat the cypresses but use them for rubbing their horns and marking their territory turning them into skeletons in the process, so they get chicken wire tubes too. We have moose, elk and wild swine in the area also, but they don’t come to the garden so far.

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Inside this burlap wrap is a mulberry bush. Someday it will hopefully be a giant mulberry tree. In the meantime it too needs protection from the animals. It is, however, a plant better suited for a warmer clime, so it gets added protection from the cold dry winds of winter.

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They don’t look much for the weather but these leeks are still edible. They are covered with a chicken wire cage because the rabbits like them too. The kales get such treatment as well.

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I got this birch tree from the horticulture school in Enköping. The rootball was rather small and I planted it this fall. It needs to be tied in for a few years to keep it stable in the wind, so that the roots can get established.

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And last but not least, the wellpond has a sheep wire fence around it. This time it is to protect the wildlife (including kids) from falling in and getting frozen wet or drowning.