TIP OF THE WEEK

Many homeowners pay little attention to their trees and bushes once colder weather arrives, but seasonal maintenance done during these months can be incredibly beneficial, not only for the plant but for you as well. So grab your tools and your gloves, it’s time to get started on your winter tree pruning.

What trees or shrubs should you prune during the winter? There are several species of trees or shrubs that can be pruned during the winter months, but you can categorize them into three easy-to-remember groups:

* Hardwood trees. Pruning hardwood trees in the winter is easy, thanks to their lack of foliage. Branches should be cut just above the branch collar, the space where the limb and the tree come together. Clippers can be used to trim smaller branches, but for larger sections or dying plants, use the Husqvarna 450 chainsaw. Its auto return stop switch makes it easier to handle.

* Fruit trees. Similar to their hardwood cousin, winter is also a great time to prune fruit trees. Each species of fruit tree has special considerations you must take into account, however, so research your species before pruning. Once you’re finished, your efforts will be rewarded in the spring with larger, more delicious fruit.

* Shrubs and/or trees that flower. Want the best blooms next summer? Prune any tree or shrub that flowers after May 15 later on in the winter. To handle those projects efficiently, use the Husqvarna 136LiHD45 hedge trimmer.

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HOME-SELLING TIP

Experts say winter is a great time to put your home on the market, thanks to traditionally diminished competition among sellers. Furthermore, a recent study by Redfin shows that sellers can often make more money when they sell during the colder months of the year, and that homes sold between December through March are often on the market for shorter periods of time: an average of 26 days, as opposed to 33 days.

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DECORATING TIP

Looking to adopt that very on-trend bohemian ’70s vibe that’s popping up everywhere lately? You can go for a look that’s fun and retro without getting too “Brady Bunch” with your home’s interior. That means staying away from that lime-green shag carpet (or busting out that lava lamp you’ve had up in the attic forever) but saying yes to fun graphic chevron patterns and cute succulents. Stick to a few details rather than going overboard.

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GARDEN GUIDE

When do you start pruning? Branches that pose a falling risk should be handled immediately, but if you want to maximize the spring growing season, late winter is the time to prune. Start your project with the right tools and you’ll support fuller, healthier plant growth during the spring, giving you another great reason to say goodbye to winter.

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