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      Protecting your plants this winter

      With winter fast approaching, plants may not be blooming, but they still need your care.

      Kristy Ostrander, owner of Ostrander's flowers, says all of these things can help protect your plants this winter.

      The main thing to keep in mind is that newly planted perennials and trees still need water.

      The larger the plant, the more water it needs to stay healthy.

      "Any freshly, newly planted tree you have to remember to keep those watered because even though you think they're not growing, they still need some water throughout the winter,â?? Ostrander said.

      Ostrander also says houseplants shouldnâ??t be exposed to temperatures under 50 degrees, so now that the cold weather is setting in they should be brought inside.

      Fall mums need to be put in the ground immediately so they can establish their roots.

      You can also trim back any plants that are dried up, however blooming shrubs and rose bushes should not be trimmed until early spring or they could lose their bloom.

      Finally, be sure to avoid fertilizers at this time of the year. The goal is for plants to lay dormant throughout the winter season and fertilizer will counteract dormancy.