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Marie-Anne02-Oct-01 08:21 PM EST
Jane Murphy03-Oct-01 08:51 PM EST   
Ed04-Oct-01 07:48 PM EST 5   
donna05-Oct-01 12:00 AM EST 3a   
Dave05-Oct-01 07:30 AM EST   
Ed06-Oct-01 03:01 PM EST 5   
Marie-Anne07-Oct-01 07:30 PM EST   
Mary08-Oct-01 02:13 PM EST 5   


Subject: Fall cleaning
From: Marie-Anne
Date: 02-Oct-01 08:21 PM EST

Should we clean our flower bed in the spring or in the fall?


Subject: RE: Fall cleaning
From: Jane Murphy
Zone:
Date: 03-Oct-01 08:51 PM EST

In the fall, I pull up all annuals, and cut back those perennials which do not have seedheads; those with seeds are left for overwintering birds, then cut down to 2 or 3 inches in the spring.


Subject: RE: Fall cleaning
From: Ed
Zone: 5
Date: 04-Oct-01 07:48 PM EST

Jane's procedure, with minimal variations, is followed by most of us. Much depends on location, time available, degree of neatness demanded, muscle power, etc. Right & wrong is no part of this; it's more like a twixt & between thing ! Finding answers is as surely part of the enjoyment of gardening, as is smelling the first rose you ever planted; miracles is what it's all about !


Subject: RE: Fall cleaning
From: donna
Zone: 3a
Date: 05-Oct-01 12:00 AM EST

I agree Ed...this is done by most of us..:) it's much easier to tackle the spring when this work is all done in the fall. I do it because I get good snow coverage and I don't want the old refuse packing down the new growth (could get rotted that way) and I also spread mulch in the fall and it's much easier to do that when the garden is tidy.

Some people leave it up to catch and hold the snow, but here anyway, we don't have that problem..the snow stays!


Subject: RE: Fall cleaning
From: Dave
Zone:
Date: 05-Oct-01 07:30 AM EST

This question is similar to the chicken and egg debate. I like to clean up the garden in the fall so that spring work is minimized. However, leaving it gives birds food, protects perennials by trapping snow to insulate against temperature swings and probably most important of all, gives you enjoyment all winter long. I like to plant vegetation that will give structure during the winter months, which unfortunately last many months of the year. Coneflowers, moon flowers, morning glories(leave them on the structure that they have grown on) and lots of different grasses poke through the snow, sway with the wind and give your garden structure and eye appeal during those long winter months.


Subject: RE: Fall cleaning
From: Ed
Zone: 5
Date: 06-Oct-01 03:01 PM EST

Right on, Dave. What a waste if ornamental grasses were incl. in the so-called fall clean-up. These, among others,help make our gardens a year round thing of beauty and joy to behold.


Subject: RE: Fall cleaning
From: Marie-Anne
Zone:
Date: 07-Oct-01 07:30 PM EST

Thank you for all your good reply. I guess i will partially clean my garden this fall, keep some ornamental grasses and tall perennial to give my garden some winter structure.


Subject: RE: Fall cleaning
From: Mary
Zone: 5
Date: 08-Oct-01 02:13 PM EST

I get such a kick out of "winter interest". Last year our garden was buried with so much snow, that all I could see waas the top of an 8 foot arbour. I had to dig our 6 foot fence out 3 times so our little pooch didn't escape the back yard. Winter interest is such a funny term when you live in a "snowbelt". It's a great concept for all of you that get a little snow. Back to the thread. I do most of my clean up in the fall. When the annuals die off they are yanked, most perennials are cut down except for the ones with seedheads. Tulips go in , 500 this year. And lastly a good 4 inches of mulch is applied late October. This year with not much frost the annuals haven't had the decency to die so everything is abit delayed. I can't complain because we have had a beautiful fall. Good luck with all your fall chores. Whatever you can do now will make spring that much easier, but don't kill yourself,enjoy. Mary


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