Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Little Guy, Dec 10, 2001.

  1. Little Guy

    Little Guy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    I have a problem with a Perenial garden that had been cut back earlier in the Fall, well with the temps in the high 60's here in New England all the plants have started to pop already> The temps as of late are 20's-30's and I need to know what to cover these plants with?

    Burlap and Mulck or just on of the two or something different?

    Help this is about $6,000 in plants my cost? :cry:

  2. E-man

    E-man LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 136

    I think mulch would be good . We even use leaves for some customers (as long as they stay wet and dont blow away).
  3. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Hey Bill,
    Cover them with salt marsh hay, available at most nurseries or Agway stores. This will protect them and supposedly the natural minerals and nutrients from the hay being from a salt marsh helps them flourish. (Probably an old New England wife's tale) Expect to pay about $7-$8 a bale though. We maintain a mini storage complex that has about 2000 perennials on the site and we spend quite a bit of time cutting them back, dividing them, covering them and removing the hay each year for this guy. Where in RI are you from. I lived and worked in Newport for a while and worked on a few of the private mansions. I still pass through there all the time on the way to my kids house near Westerly.

  4. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Not much you can do about Mother Nature... hopefully they will survive...YES mulch them and as soon as you get some snow cover them up.
    Not sure I understood...are the plants yours? ...if not... I would not guaranty them for more than 90 days..maybe too late to do that now.... keep it in mind for the future.
  5. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 305

    Mulch and pray, I would expect some die back. What kind of Perenials are they?

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