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Wauseon , Ohio Northwest Oh
Jul 16, 2016 4:39 PM CST
I would like to know if I can cut down Perennial Geraniums now or if I do it now will I kill them?
The reason why I want to do this is to spray any weeds that are in with them, I do not want to kill them. If I would cut them down now will they come back yet?
It has been very dry here in Northwest Ohio, I have clay soil.
Any advice would be very welcome.
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Jul 16, 2016 6:16 PM CST
Well, I just cut down two monster 'Rozanne' geraniums, dug 'em up and relocated them --in the high heat of summer no less--so I sure hope they'll come back, next year at least!

Anyway, geraniums are very durable in general and many, like macrorrhizum, the big-root geranium, will come back from healthy rhizomes. Cutting them back won't kill them. Spraying them with weed killer will, though, so you'd have to be very careful with that.
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Jul 16, 2016 7:55 PM CST
Maybe you could just cover the geraniums with something -- like an upside-down bucket ? and then spray around them. (I would suggest using a weed killer that doesn't have 'soil activity' - like Roundup, for instance).
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