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Name: Cyril Chrabot
Oak Brook, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Hello. Thanks for reading this.
May 9, 2020 6:03 AM CST
When deadheading, is it best to remove the spent flowers or let them stay on the ground as mulch?
Thanks again. Stay healthy.
Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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May 9, 2020 6:24 AM CST
When I deadhead flowers I just leave them one the ground in the beds. Last year it was primarily Monarda and salvias.
When I dead head rhododendron I generally picked, or raked them up. That represented a lot of debris and it just looked tidier if I cleaned them up. Those did not break down quite so quickly.
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