This is a good time to prepare your soil for planting fruit bushes or trees next spring. Select a full sun location that is well-drained. The soil needs to be tested and amended prior to planting. Blueberries, in particular, require a lot of soil preparation. Request copies of our fact sheets “Getting Started With Small Fruit” and “Getting Started With Tree Fruit”.
Be prepared to protect fruit plants and trees from vole feeding this winter by keeping organic mulches away from the trunk and surrounding the trunk with pea gravel. You can also surround the trunks with hardware cloth that extends a few inches below the soil line.
Protect fig bushes grown in the ground before the first frost arrives by covering the plant with bags of leaves or surrounding it with insulation covered loosely with plastic.
Pruning and spraying tree fruits with dormant oil can be done after leaf drop. It is best to prune peaches in early spring before buds swell. Fall-bearing raspberries can be mowed to the ground after harvest. To prevent disease problems next year, be sure to rake up and discard all fallen leaves and fruits.