An Alternative to Cutting Back Perennials in the Fall
When getting your garden ready for winter, consider leaving your perennials uncut
October 1, 2012
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.
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
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