If you are planning to order a “live” Christmas tree, prepare the planting hole before the soil freezes. Mulch the area heavily to prevent freezing, or dig the hole and put fill in a protected, nonfreezing area, such as a garage or basement.
- Clean up and discard fallen leaves and fruits around fruit plants to reduce disease carryover.
- Apply mulch to strawberries to prevent winter injury or death to the crowns. Wait until temperatures have hit 20 degrees F to be sure plants are dormant.
- Rake fallen leaves from the lawn to prevent winter suffocation.
- Water newly-planted trees and shrubs.