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Winter weather that is cold, rainy, and windy can harm climbing plants like trellises and pergolas, as well as other plants, shrubs, and trees. 

Prepare and protect for bad weather

If you haven't already, make mulching your top priority in December's to-do list. 

Layer up mulch around plant

It's possible that you disregarded or assumed you had finished clearing away fall foliage, but it's a good idea to double-check for any accumulation from late leaf drop.

Rake up leaves and other plant debri

If you don't already have a compost bin, now is an excellent time to build or purchase one—our editor uses this one from Amazon and highly recommends it. 

Build up a good supply of your own compost

Winter is a good time to prune any wayward deciduous shrubs and hedges while they're in their dormant phase. 

Prune these plants now

Thoughtfully incorporate shrubs to flowerbed designs and get them in the ground now, as long as it's not frozen or soggy. 

Plant these shrub varieties now

Give the winter container ideas you've previously planted a plenty of TLC. 

Take good care of winter container

Taking care of the birds is something you should prioritize doing in your garden in December as the colder months approach. 

Look after wildlife

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