Now is a great time to prune your trees. Deciduous trees have stored their energy in the root system. Remove dead branches; prune live material close to structures. Those branches hanging a foot or two over your roof will soon be touching the roof once the leaves emerge. Maintain an air space around your home. I recommend a minimum of twelve inches between the house and plants. Plantings placed too close to the home will damage siding, create excess moisture, mold, mildew, and condensation behind and between siding or walls. This will ultimately damage siding, cause rot, and create a habitat for termites and carpenter ants. Structural damage often occurs over the long term. Continue to monitor deer activity. It’s not too late to protect your valuable landscape plants.