The Q&A Archives: Overwintering Perennial Herbs

Question: I have several perennial herbs -- chives, oregano, sage, tarragon, and thyme. None of the herb books I have give me good instructions on what I need to do to put them to bed for the winter. What do I need to do with them, e.g., cut them back to the ground in winter or spring, mulch them, etc.? Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Answer: You should cut back most of the these herbs to 4 to 6 inches above the ground for winter and mulch them with a 2 to 3 inch layer of bark mulch. That will help them make it through the freezing and thawing. Low-growing herbs, such as thyme, don't need to be cut back.

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