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An Alternative to Cutting Back Perennials in the Fall

When getting your garden ready for winter, consider leaving your perennials uncut
By Jennifer Baker
Published: October 1, 2012
fall garden perennials cover
A NATURAL WINTERTIME BED – Before cutting established perennials in the fall, consider leaving the garden overgrowth alone through winter. It can be an inexpensive and effective soil insulator.
Photo by David Greer
During my spring cleaning, as I raked off the dead stalks and leaves from my fall-planted coneflowers and asters, I noticed vigorous, green growth spreading over the warming ground. A far cry from feeble, each one survived. These perennials had been protected all winter long by the standing dead stalks of the annual weeds from the previous year.
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