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Thursday, November 13, 2014


As I drive Aspen to and from preschool, I see yards being cut back for the season. Flowers have been deadheaded, bushes have been trimmed, leaves are being raked.

I'm always hesitant to do this pruning in my own yard. Each year I worry it'll be the last that a plant comes back from a trim. I prematurely mourn the loss of the flowers and foliage before I've even had a chance to winterize them.

But isn't it worth the risk? It's better to get rid of the dead plants and allow them to rest for a season. Even if they don't regrow in their full glory, I'm doing what I can to give them a chance to be their best in the spring.

Some things in life are difficult to do, but they're usually the things most worth doing. The payoff may not be instantaneous, but it will come.

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