More Winter Preparation Questions...
1. With many of my trees going on 3rd and 4th leaf, this year I installed all kinds of limb-spreaders and limb-tying contraptions. Should I remove these for winter and re-install come spring? Should I be concerned about injury?
2. I have searched and searched poorly about something that has been discussed many times about wood chips. This year I mulched the trees heavy with wood chips in 6-8' rings. How far shall I pull back the chips from the trunk to deter the small critters? To bare ground? Won't I be exposing the top roots to the cold?
3. In zone 6, 45 miles north of Philadelphia, would I benefit in any way of painting the trunks white?