For those of you who took home heritage trees this spring, you may be wondering if there’s anything special to do now that winter is approaching. Here are some tips for the novices out there:
Consider compost–adding a little compost around the trees is a good idea. If you don’t have your own, we can recommend Purple Cow Organic.
Protect--your trees need protection from nibbling mice, voles, and even hungry cats. If you still have the hardware cloth the trees came with, keep it on. If not, you can purchase some at any hardware store to protect your little trees from damage.
Slow watering–as they grow dormant, water less frequently until its once a month (if no rain/snow falls.)
Wait on pruning–don’t prune until February! If you did any summer pruning, that should be fine by now, but they won’t have time to heal if pruned at this time.