The Q&A Archives: Pruning Asparagus

Question: Proper pruning for 2 year old plants. When and how?

Answer: This fall, cut the stems off at about a two inch height after a frost or when they turn yellow. (Do this before any berries turn red and fall off or you will have seedlings crowding the bed next year.) Remove all of the asparagus debris. Then layer the bed with four to six inches of compost or organic mulch to help control weeds next year and also add organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Good luck!

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