Spring or Fall?
For the past ten years we have not had much measurable snow. I live in the country and the winds blow through here like a freight train on a mission. Armed with this knowledge I do not cut down my foliage until Spring. I have had great success when following this Spring clean up regimen.
Last year I decided to try something new and cleaned my gardens up and cut all my foliage down in the Fall. It made Spring gardening EASY. However, I lost MANY plants. Now I realize, it was a very bad winter, dry, windy, very cold with temperature fluctions from -19Â°F to +70Â°F in a matter of days. I will be going back to my Spring clean up. I believe that if we do get any snow the standing foliage does hold in some snow creating a wonderful blanket of insulation.
I know people question my gardening wisdom with Fall clean up stating I will be harboring pests and disease. I've never had any problem with pests or diseases. I believe it is mainly due to our very cold weather that any of these pests and/or diseases simply do not survive through our winters.
What do all of you do and why?