Gardeners sometimes overlook one of the most important fall tasks, that being wrapping all deciduous smooth barked trees for the winter. We all stress that fall is an excellent time to fertilizer the lawn, but probably more important is wrapping trees to protect them from our harsh winters. We have folks who come in each spring and say their tree did not leaf out as well as expected and as often the tree did not leaf out at all. Their can be two logical reasons. One is a lack of water and this year, those who relied on irrigation water may find trees suffering come spring. The second reason is typically the fact that the gardener forgot or was not aware they need to wrap their newly planted trees. We always suggest wrapping all smooth barked trees for about the first 5 years after planting.