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Perennial Care: Winter Cleanup

Perennial Care: Winter Cleanup

Perennial Care: Winter Cleanup

Perennials and perennial ornamental grasses are great! They add a beautiful pop of colour to your garden without the work of planting them every spring. There is however a little work required with perennials and grasses.

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The leaves and stems of perennials and grasses die off when it freezes. The root system stays dormant in the ground all winter and then the plant regrows from the ground in spring. So unless you clean them up the old leaves and stems stay there and that doesn’t look good.

The best time to clean up debris is early spring as soon as the snow is gone. You want to make sure you clear the dead leaves and stems away before any new growth starts. To clear the dead leaves and stems, simply take a pair of garden shears or scissors and cut the dead material as close to the ground as possible. For tall grasses like Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass, cut about 4 inches above the ground.  This will give the new growth lots of room to grow and will make your garden look fresh and beautiful.

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