Should Virginia Creeper Be Cut To Ground In Winter

Question From: J. Briggs - IDAHO
Q: I live in an area of Idaho that has very harsh winters. I really like the look of Virginia creepers and have one against the house. It is glorious all summer and fall. It loses its leaves and turns brown in the early winter. When it does, I clip off down to the woody base about 3 inches off the ground. This has been working great but this plant is well established (approximately 10 years old) Now I am planning a berm and bought two new Virginia Creepers to climb a trellis. Do I cut these new plants down to the ground in winter just as I have the older one?

A: go with what has worked in the past. The vines will probably suffer severe winter winter kill anyway. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy