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Ask a Master Gardener: How to tend an ecologically sensitive garden

Although perennials such as black-eyed Susans could be cut back in the fall for a tidier-looking garden, they hold up to the snow so could provide visual interest and food for birds in winter.  photo / Bonnie Kirn Donahue

It’s a good time to step back and think about the bigger picture. A question to consider is why do we clear out our gardens before the winter? What’s the purpose?

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