When I put the trees away for the mild winter we get, the goal is to minimize fluctuations in temperature, moisture, and sunlight. Here is what I do.
1. Rake out and clean under the bench:
Later, I’ll hit everything with a lime-sulphur spray, at about 1 tablespoon to 1 gallon. It acts as a dormant spray and fairly effective fungicide. Pines and junipers are pretty hardy and benefit from more light and exposure to the elements. Unless it dips down into the low teens, they will remain on the benches.
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