perinnials - Knowledgebase Question

detroit, Mi
Question by hillsideprod
October 28, 2009
I have lilys and mums and hostas, this is my first garden, what do i do to those flowers during this time of year when they start to yellow and they are dead?

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2009


When the tops of your perennials turn completely yellow you can cut them off at ground level and remove them from the garden. Then, to give your plants a little winter protection, cover over the crowns with organic mulch. You can use compost, shredded leaves, pine needles or even pine boughs. In the spring you can brush away the organic matter and use it as a mulch around your plants to help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. (I'd toss the pine boughs, if that's what you use!) Good luck with your garden!

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