USU Forestry Extension

Most Utahns are hoping for significant snowfall this winter so our lakes, reservoirs, and canals can be full of water next summer. Our way of life in these mountain valleys depends on winter snowfall, not only in the mountains, but in the valleys as well. Snowfall in the winter poses challenge for both fruit trees and shade trees. A little work now can prevent injury later.



  This program aired in September 2021.

The weather forecast for the next week predicts much cooler temperatures, fall is finally upon us. As fall progresses, fruit plants need some attention to help them prepare for winter.

Managing Your Tree's Cold Dieback

Aug 6, 2021

I have observed and seen reports from many locations in northern Utah of fruit and nut trees dying back in the shoot tips. The ends of branches in the tops of trees are dead, while shoots lower on the tree grow normally. Some young trees have been killed outright. What conditions brought about this injury?

Problem Solving With Your Fruit Trees

Jun 19, 2021

Did your fruit trees flower and set fruit this spring? If not, what can you do to encourage flowering and fruit sets? In this segment, we'll explore some common problems and how to mitigate them. 

Planting New Fruit Trees In Your Yard

May 14, 2021

Spring is the best time to plant fruit trees. Nurseries and garden centers have both bare root and potted trees ready to plant. Either type of tree is equally good, but bare root trees are typically less expensive to purchase. For apple trees, choose trees that are on a dwarfing rootstock.

Tips For Preparing Your Trees And Shrubs

Mar 12, 2021

It is March. This is the time of year that many people are shopping for their landscape trees, shrubs, and fruit trees. Here are some tips for preparing your trees and shrubs.

Study Identifies Key Barriers to Wildfire Recovery

Mar 9, 2021


new report outlines key barriers to recovering forests in Colorado and across the U.S.

Tips For Choosing Fruit Trees

Feb 28, 2021

As we get into February, we start thinking a little bit about spring. I wanted to give you a few tips on choosing fruit trees. Let's talk for a minute about what grows well in Utah.

Preparing Fruit Plants For The Winter

Oct 20, 2020

Now it is time to begin preparing fruit plants to survive the winters cold. A few simple steps can make the difference between success and failure.