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11-01-2003, 07:57 PM
For certain types of perennials, such as lillys and hostas, to prepare them for winter, do you just cut them off at or above ground level?

11-01-2003, 09:09 PM
That is what I do with mine.

11-01-2003, 09:34 PM
I cut them to the ground by hand or a weed wacker

11-01-2003, 11:42 PM
a weed wacker?!? never heard of anyone doing it that way. Doesn't it leave it looking ragged?:confused:

11-02-2003, 07:31 PM
LOL.....Crazy? ,no ,the stems on the lilies are kind of juicy ,so they cut quite nicely.

11-02-2003, 08:41 PM
We wait until consecutive killing frosts, then just rake them out.

11-02-2003, 11:07 PM
Some of the types, such as peonies, I lift up and cut with a shrubsaw.

11-03-2003, 12:47 AM
Use my trimmer to, also use my trimmer to take the hostas down to the ground

11-03-2003, 08:21 AM
we rake them out or hand prune...

Team Gopher
11-03-2003, 09:56 AM
Hi Local Touch,

Here is a quote from this site (http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/peren/2002100232008392.html).

"The perennials will definitely be safer with a cover of leaves. This is nature's way to protect it self. Do not rake them away till spring. I grow lots of perennials, and I know for sure that more dies out if not covered by leaves etc. "