Winter Prep for Grasses and Mums - Knowledgebase Question

Denver, Co
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Question by katelyndcox
January 16, 2010
I know I am a bit late on this, but I am new to gardening. I planted TONS of plants last spring and summer when I moved into the house. I have several tall grasses and mums. I heard I have to cut the tall grasses and the flower heads off of the mums. What should I have done or should I do now so that the mums and grasses grow to their best potential?
Thank you!!!

Answer from NGA
January 16, 2010
It is a little late to do any winter prep so I'd wait until spring to cut things back. Next fall you can help protect your plants by mulching over the tops. With all flowering plants such as your mums you should prune off the spent flowers as they begin to fade. This is called deadheading and if you keep spent flowers cut off, the plants will develop more flowers throughout the growing season. Keep everything well watered and as healthy as possible going into the fall and winter months and then cover over them with a layer of organic mulch after the first frost of the season. In the spring, when new growth begins, brush or rake away the mulch and prune off the winter damaged parts of the plants. Hope you have a fantastic garden!

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