Winter Prep For Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Sand Lake, NY
Question by wienerc
August 25, 1999
Should any perenials be cut down to the ground as part of winter prep? Is it a good idea to cut peonies down before the frost comes? Should herbs such as sage and oregano (and others) be cut back or down to the ground? Should flowering perenials be covered over with hay or wood chips or something else? My garden is in a cold, snowy region at pretty high elevation, so any tips that might help me to help the perennials over the winter season, or help them to flourish again come spring, is very welcome.


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Answer from NGA
August 25, 1999

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up any stray winter kill and enjoy the new growth!

Most perennials will appreciate a bit of balanced fertilizer and a top dressing of compost every spring, along with having their mulch topped up to help keep the soil cool and moist during the summer. Over the summer, remove spent flowers to help plants direct their strength to maintenance of their perennial parts rather than seed production.

You might want to look at a book or two about perennials to get some more detailed pointers. Enjoy! up any stray winter kill and enjoy the new growth!

Most perennials will appreciate a bit of balanced fertilizer and a top dressing of compost every spring, along with having their mulch topped up to help keep the soil cool and moist during the summer. Over the summer, remove spent flowers to help plants direct their strength to maintenance of their perennial parts rather than seed production.

You might want to look at a book or two about perennials to get some more detailed pointers. Enjoy!

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