To get the best from fruit trees and bushes, now is a good time to clear around the plant and lay a generous mulch of compost or well-rotted manure. This should be at least 5 cm thick at the base. You should leave some space directly around the canes or trunk to prevent rot. You can add the ashes from all that wood you have burnt on the fire over the winter. Finally, this is a great source of potassium for your fruit trees.