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The Frugal Gardener

I'm a Tosa resident and gardener for 40 years who loves to save money. I'm the daughter of Maryalice Koehne, an award- winning garden writer. Gardening is holistic and can be inexpensive, let me tell you the deals I've found.

Winter Interest For Your Landscape

Many people ask what landscapers do in the winter months.  Well, we plan for the spring and eat up catalogs from the many vendors out there.  Another thing that can be done is pruning or tree trimming.  My favorite thing to do is to consider winter interest for a yard.  Keep in mind that the landscape changes, especially here in Wisconsin.  So many begining gardeners forget to consider how thier plantings will look in the winter.

It is nice to have some evergreens such as pines or holly and other colors perhaps in bark of a certain tree or consider adding red dogwood.  On a cold snow day look out your windows and consider the possibilties for hardscaping as well.  I large rock or wall can add a lot of interest to you winterscape.

Another thing I like to do is play with landscaping software.  The BBC has a great program found here:

Play around and search out other plants. 

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