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JohnCundiff
Oct 10, 2017 6:38 AM CST
Hello All

It is October 10th in Cleveland Ohio. I was recently given a yard full of perennials. A person who had been an avid gardener had passed away and her home was sold. The new owners desire a lawn. I was given the rights to remove perhaps 200 - 400 mature perennials. These are mature Hydrangea, Hosta, Cone flower, 8' tall grasses, lilies, Daisies, Black eyed susans, and much much more. They have all gone unmaintained over the last season.

I must remove these plants within a week. However, under such a time crunch, I will not have time to prepare beds and make layout decisions before the weather turns. I am looking for suggestions on how to remove and "over-winter" these plants. I was thinkinking about grouping them all tightly in a protected area and burying in leaves, which I have plenty. Cleveland winters have been strange and unpredictable insofar as snowfall. But we will almost certainly see 0 degrees.

Any advise is greatly appreciated.

John
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greene
Oct 10, 2017 7:45 AM CST
Grouping them all together is a good plan. Can you dump some topsoil onto them and then cover them with leaves? They will require a bit of watering until they go dormant and the soil will help fill in the spaces so the roots will not be too exposed to air.
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DaisyI
Oct 10, 2017 2:08 PM CST
I have overwintered plants by putting their roots in plastic garbage bags (tied loosely at the top with holes poked in the bottom for drainage). If they are on the ground and bunched together with leaves piled on top, they should do okay.

Make sure you get a good amount of rootball.
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