I purchased and planted asters in the fall when the blooms died i pinched off the dead part and left the rest alone they were healthy looking and i had no instruction on what to do if anything over the winter. now that spring is almost here they look terrible, dark brown & dead. should i cut them back down to ground level and will they come back green and beautiful?
|It's time to cut off the winter kill. Cut it at soil level and remove it from the garden. The roots of your asters are perennial and will live through the winter. New foliage and flowering stems will appear within a few weeks. You can mulch the soil over your asters with compost, aged manure or leaf mold to keep weeds from sprouting in your garden, and to protect the roots of your plants. Nothing else needs to be done once you've removed the debris and spread some organic matter over your garden plot. The plants should wake up soon and you'll see new growth.|