Winter Preparation for Plants, Tools and Equipment

I moved to eastern Idaho 6 months ago from a warmer climate. Could you give me some suggestions for protecting my plants from winter damage? Do my tools and equipment need special attention?

Large Branch Pruning

My neighbor recently pruned some branches off his tree and left stubs several inches long. Two branches snapped while pruning . . .

Get Plants Ready for Winter

Question: I am new to this area and am not sure what I should do to prepare my plants for winter. I have planted several fruit trees, roses and perennial flowers this year. I see my neighbor irrigating everything. Is that a good idea?