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Cutting back perenials in the winter


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eric29-Nov-05 03:48 PM EST 5b   
cathaleen29-Nov-05 07:01 PM EST 3   
30-Nov-05 10:01 AM EST 5b   
Patricia 30-Nov-05 05:39 PM EST 5   
ANNE MARIE13-Aug-06 12:51 PM EST 5   
13-Aug-06 01:11 PM EST   


Subject: Cutting back perenials in the winter
From: eric
Zone: 5b
Date: 29-Nov-05 03:48 PM EST

just wondering how far ti the ground i should be cutting back my hostas, shasta daisys, daylillys, blackeyed susans, ornemental grasses,and mums....and do i cut off all the blackeyed susans leaves also?

thank you...much appreciated


Subject: RE: Cutting back perenials in the winter
From: cathaleen
Zone: 3
Date: 29-Nov-05 07:01 PM EST

Eric,

If you get snow in winter - which we do - I tend not to cut my plants back too much - it gives some winter interest when the snow falls on the plants - and it is usually recommended to leave plants 8 - 12 inches - above the ground - so that snow will collect better and insulate the plants better. I'd tidy up and leave it at that - but whatever works for you.


Subject: RE: Cutting back perenials in the winter
From:
Zone: 5b
Date: 30-Nov-05 10:01 AM EST

i never cut back my perennials. the dead stems help to catch snow & leaves which will insulate your plants. leave the brown-eyed susans, echinacea, etc. alone especially. birds absolutely love the fresh seeds (especially finches)& any that they drop will grow new babies for you next year.


Subject: RE: Cutting back perenials in the winter
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Nov-05 05:39 PM EST

Since I find that April and May are absolutely crazy-busy anyhow, I tend to cut back a fair bit, especially if the plant comes right back from the ground, like a hosta or daylily. For the black-eyes susans, or rudbeckias, I leave some foliage because these plants come back from above the ground. How much to cut back is something that one learns by experience. Our birds don't rely too much on perennial foliage, because we put out tons of seeds in any case.


Subject: RE: Cutting back perenials in the winter
From: ANNE MARIE
Zone: 5
Date: 13-Aug-06 12:51 PM EST

DO I NEED TO CUT BACK HIBISCUS SYRIACUS FOR THE WINTER AND IF SO HOW MUCH DO I CUT, DO I NEED TO PROTECT THEM FOR THE WINTER?


Subject: RE: Cutting back perenials in the winter
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Date: 13-Aug-06 01:11 PM EST

can't help you there but live chat is on right now, why dont you log on and ask them?


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