How to protect my Blueberry bush over winter?
Hello! I bought a blueberry bush from Home Depot early this summer and planted it along the side of our house. It got a few flowers on it, and I had read that I should not let it produce fruit it's first year, so I picked most of them off, but left one that turned into a beautiful blueberry :-) The plant itself doesn't seem to have grown much over the summer, but I also read that in it's first year it will be focusing on root development.. so I haven't been worried about it.
Anyway! It's late August now, and fall will soon be here! So I'm wondering what should I do to help my Blueberry bush survive the winter? I was thinking of getting some mulch.. the tree bark kind to put over the base of it and then I was going to get one of those foam plant protectors that they sell for rose bushes and stuff to put over it. Will this be ok? Should I not put the foam protector over it? How much should I water it before winter? Should I give it any fertilizer? Thanks for any help!