winter preparation - Knowledgebase Question

Steamboat Sp., CO
Question by tristan5
July 28, 2006
Do I need to trim back the branches of lavendar and russian sage before snow fall, or do I let it winterize itself, and leave as is? I live in Steamboat Springs, Northwest mountains of Colorado. Thanks! Camille


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Answer from NGA
July 28, 2006

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In my garden I leave the foliage on woody perennials until the following spring. Then I cut back anything that has been killed by winter weather. It is important to leave the foliage intact while it is still green so the root system can store up enough food energy for the long hibernation. Mulching will provide some winter protection; apply a light, airy mulch such as pine boughs after the ground freezes.

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