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Nov 16, 2015 6:15 PM CST
|I was browsing the university of Minnesota's web site. They have a research program on mums that I was interested in.|
This caught my attention:
"Tests show that garden mums survive the winter better when the above-ground dead plant stems are not removed in the fall. This is also a beneficial technique to use with other herbaceous perennials."
This made my day! Another task I can put off until Spring:)
Nov 16, 2015 6:56 PM CST
|I have to leave some perennials with some ''stuff'' or I forget they are there and try to plant on top of them in the excitement of spring. |
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Nov 17, 2015 4:49 PM CST
|Also, I leave the perennials standing until Spring for the birds.|
Nov 17, 2015 7:12 PM CST
|I had read years ago to not cut perennials below 8 or so inches to help protect the crown of the plant. I know this has helped my Echinacea survival rate.|
Nov 17, 2015 8:46 PM CST
|The standing stems collect the snow cover too.|
Nov 17, 2015 9:36 PM CST
|LOL, Caroline -- can't be too much of a problem for you (or me!) with respect to collecting snow cover, with or without the stems...|
But, all very good reasons for putting off until tomorrow (or next spring) what we might think we need to do today!
(and the regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting of the gardening procrastinators club will be held on Friday...)
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Nov 26, 2015 4:53 PM CST
"(And the regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting of the gardening procrastinators club will be held on Friday...).
Nov 28, 2015 12:18 AM CST
|I leave pretty much everything in situ over winter. If something looks absolutely horrible, I may cut it down to 8 inches or so. Otherwise, I leave everything til Spring.|
Perennials benefit from it and it provides insects and wildlife something of use rather than barren dirt. Many birds also love to eat seeds that are left and/or perch.
And many things provide a lot of winter interest to view - i.e. all the ornamental and native grasses.
So I wait til Spring. Timing wise, I cut stuff down when I prune my Butterfly Bushes ~ April 15. If something is starting to come up, of course I prune it then.
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