When it comes to your outdoor plants and trees, winter is a great time to prune any dead leaves or flowers so they can start fresh in the Spring. Pruning them in the winter will reduce any stress that the plant might go through from losing a part of them. Additionally, if you have any young trees on your property, you should put wire mesh around the base. Various animals enjoy gnawing on the bark. With older trees, it’s not as bad, but for younger trees, it could lead to severe damage. For older trees, either tie up branches that might not handle the heavy snow or have them removed. This includes diseased or damaged limbs.