The big thing that happens during winter is bare root planting, Winter is an optimum time to plant fruit trees, berries and selected ornamentals. Bare root plants are much more affordable than containerized stock. Nut trees, maples, grapes and stone fruits can all be planted.

When planting bare root plants it is better to make the hole twice as big as the roots. Make sure the graft is three inches above the soil line. Face the graft to the north so the tree doesn’t get scalded, and put some white latex paint on the bark before it begins to leaf out. Winter is also a good time to apply dormant spray to fruit and ornamental trees.

Mulching is a good idea for many plants, but leave the fertilizing.

This winter’s lack of water is concerning and you may need to water some of the plants. But water- not too deeply and infrequently.

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