Answer: Fall is a fine time to plant trees. The roots will grow underground long after the leaves have fallen. Use several inches of mulch over the root area, but do not put it right up against the trunk as this invites rot and also encourages rodents to run toward the bark. Wire rodent protection is a good idea for fruit trees. Be sure to extend it high enough that the rabbits can't reach the bark when standing on snow. Good luck with your tree!
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