Asked on Oct 21, 2017

Should I cut back my perennials in the fall? And how much?

Janet PizaroMarge MurphyItsmemic


4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 21, 2017

    That depends on what perennials
  • Itsmemic
    on Oct 21, 2017

    I just cut mine back to nothing ! Did this yesterday... I always panic after I see what I have done..but in the spring? All the plants come back beautifully full and lots of new growth...the size I want...and none of them get ruined by heavy snowfalls. Looks bare now...but later? Great !!
  • Marge Murphy
    on Oct 21, 2017

    I usually leave them until spring. Especially if they add winter interest-ornamental grasses can look beautiful with snow/frost , plants that produce seed pods or have flowers that go to seed not only look beautiful but can give the wildlife a food source: ballon flowers, coneflowers. Even some annuals like zinnias when left can provide food. Another bonus are the free plants you may get from many of these plants self seeding.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 22, 2017

    roses should be pruned in the early spring before the new goth emerges,hydrangeas depend on the variety
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