Select plants that fall within your USDA hardiness zone—if not one or two zones colder to account for the microclimate in your yard.
Most gardeners understand the need to water consistently and deeply during the warmer months, but it’s just as critical to water trees and shrubs as you head into the colder months (especially if you live in a drier climate).
To create a layer of insulation (no matter how little snow you may get), apply a 3- to 4-inch layer of organic mulch over the root zone of your trees and shrubs.
If your yard is prone to windy conditions, consider wrapping burlap around small conifers and shrubs to protect them in winter.
Start wrapping your tree from the bottom up, overlapping the wrap by a third until you reach the first branch. Secure the wrap with a knot or a piece of twine.