winter preparation

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LocalTouch, Nov 1, 2003.

  1. LocalTouch

    LocalTouch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    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?
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    That is what I do with mine.
  3. ZX12R

    ZX12R LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    I cut them to the ground by hand or a weed wacker
  4. mower_babe

    mower_babe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    a weed wacker?!? never heard of anyone doing it that way. Doesn't it leave it looking ragged?:confused:
  5. ZX12R

    ZX12R LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    LOL.....Crazy? ,no ,the stems on the lilies are kind of juicy ,so they cut quite nicely.
  6. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    We wait until consecutive killing frosts, then just rake them out.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Some of the types, such as peonies, I lift up and cut with a shrubsaw.
  8. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    Use my trimmer to, also use my trimmer to take the hostas down to the ground
  9. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    we rake them out or hand prune...
  10. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Messages: 4,040

    Hi Local Touch,

    Here is a quote from this site.

    "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. "

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