Cut back herbs in fall?

muhnkeeOctober 23, 2006

Hi all-

I have recently acquired my first home (in zone 4b-5b), which came with a beautiful garden. There are a variety of herbs such as sage, greek oregano, basil and thyme. I'm new to gardening and was wondering if I need to prune back any of these before the snow hits or if I should wait until spring. I've already pulled the basil, which I know is an annual. Would the other herbs benefit from a pruning since they seem not to have been harvested much during the summer? And would it damage them at all to harvest some for drying right now? Thanks for any input...

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candleberry(7 B.C.)

I cut my oregano down to the ground before it flowers or just after or I get a huge outbreak of the stuff in the spring. Thyme can be cut right back and any shrubs like rosemary, hysop, sage etc. will fuller if you cut them back.
Good luck

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 6:08PM
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jannie(z7 LI NY)

I leave my herbs in the ground. Depending on the winter weather ,some will survive to spring,others die back naturally and re-grow,some just disappear. I like letting nature take its course.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2006 at 8:20AM
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I wouldn't cut anything back right now and wait to clean them up in spring.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2006 at 10:44AM
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