Protecting freshly planted Pagoda dogwoods under 12"

Asked October 28, 2019, 2:10 PM EDT

Hello! Just planted (13 days ago) newly received Pagoda Dogwood saplings. They are tiny, and have leaves. What please is the best I can do to help them survive the winter? Thank you kindly.

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

I suggest you surround your saplings with hardware cloth (this is a sturdy metal fence which comes in rolls and has openings 1/4" or so in size) and after the ground is frozen dump some chopped leaves inside the rings. This fencing will prevent mice/voles from eating your young trees and the leaves will shield them from the winter sun and winds. You can find that fencing in big box stores in the same place poultry/chicken wire is sold. It is stiff and does not need stakes to hold it up. Push it into the ground an inch or two.