how to ready garden for winter?

OnaLark999September 28, 2005

I planted wildflowers (annuals) this year for the first time, they include zinnia, black eyed susan and many others that I'm unfamiliar with. Presently, they are still blooming but winter will be here in a few short weeks. What should I do to put my wildflower bed to sleep for the winter? Do I let the plants stay under the snow and remove the mess in the spring? Do I pull up all the plants, put down mulch and wait til spring?

Thanks for your help!

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pam_aa(z5 Berwyn Il.)

Depends on what your personal esthetics is. Some plant tops look nice in the winter snow, like the Black eyed Susans. Also if you want a lot of resowing, leave them in place till spring. If that is just too messy looking for you, at least scatter a few of the ripened seed heads around. Lightly mulch if you wish; too much will smother the seedlings in spring.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2005 at 3:28PM
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