Cutting leaves in fall

nat4b(4)April 5, 2014

Anybody does cut the foliage in the fall? Especially in the north?
I wonder if it would help with spring cleaning? Or it's better to leave them here for the winter?

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I don't cut back in the fall, but leave everything as mulch for the winter. I do clean up everything in the spring when the dormants start to break.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 1:50PM
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Julia NY(6)

I tried it once but found winter protection is best for the north. After this past winter, I'm glad I left everything.


    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 2:24PM
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i leave the foliage on to help insulate the plant. Actually it is probably easier to remove because they just pull away from the plant. We are almost done uncovering. Can't wait for the blooms to start.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 3:47PM
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Thanks, everybody! So the consensus is better not to cut in the fall. I guess I was just lazy about spring clean-up :)

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 5:29PM
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Just to pop in, I decided mine did better if I didn't cut anything til after at least the first freeze. And have nice mulch in place.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 3:30PM
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