started in containers this past spring. Fall is the perfect time for planting container grown trees (photo at right). For the most part, the soil has just enough moisture to make digging the planting hole easy but is dry enough to allow you to back fill the planting hole with loose, friable soil. Fall planting also allows the roots of the young tree to begin growing out into the surrounding soil almost immediately, helping to decrease transplant shock.
I moved the trees from the nursery bench into my vegetable garden. The garden has two things that makes in perfect for overwintering trees. First, we have raised beds in the garden and the garden paths are just the perfect width for a flat of trees. With a raised bed on either side of the flat, it looks like the trees are partially buried in the soil (photo above). The garden is also surrounded by a fence that will keep the trees safe from mid-winter rabbit feeding.
To prevent root freezing, I used a thick carpet of hay packed around the tree flats to insulate and trap the soil's heat around the trees (photo below).