Pruning and Clean Out Your Plants in Winter Months

Pruning and Clean Out Your Plants in Winter Months

As the winter weather continues to creep in, plant cellular and hormonal changes. The condition causes plants to wilt due to their inability to withstand cold weather. However, some perennials can be left standing throughout the fall and winter. For example, Rudbeckia sedum and can withstand harsh conditions. Some plants also rely on the protection they get from their foliage. Chrysanthemums, Coral Bells and Asclepius on the other hand (as an example), well developed when they are cleaned before spring.

Pruning and Clean Out Your Plants in Winter Months

Types of Seasonal Plants to Prune in the wintertime
While some plants continue to grow throughout winter, there are annual species that fail to handle the rough weather. They no longer look attractive and healthy and may have recurrent issues with diseases and pests, so it is best to cut these down before the winter season gets into full swing. If these plants are diseased, you should throw away the foliage instead of composting it.

With the right landscaping supplies or, in hiring a professional to do all the heavy lifting for you, you can get started on cleaning up your seasonal plants and preparing your garden for winter.

Bee balm
This plant is known for its variety that can withstand the cold weather, such as monad. However, it is likely to succumb to mildew, and you should consider cutting it back before it potentially dies. There are instances, though, when selective thinning of the plant’s stems is all you need to do, and you can just leave the seed heads, which will serve as feed for the local birds.

Bearded Iris
Early on in the winter, the tall foliage of this plant starts to wilt. When autumn comes, the Bearded Iris is expected to die out because of iris borers and fungal diseases. You may cut back the plant and throw away the foliage instead of composting it.

Blackberry Lily
It is wise to prune this plant to help avoid its foliage from collapsing. In addition, pruning can prevent the crown from rotting.

Bronze Fennel
The bronze fennel has become quite popular and is widely used in accenting gardens. Swallowtail caterpillars feed on its foliage, and these insects can cause the stems to become completely stripped during the fall. In this case, you may trim the plant back to the ground since the plant will no longer be useful.

Catmint
This type of plant responds well to pruning throughout the cold season. Since the foliage is prone to damage due to the significant drop in temperature, you may want to get a head start and prune it before this can occur.

Pruning and Clean Out Your Plants in Winter Months

False Sunflower
In winter, the false sunflower (or helianthus foliage) loses a lot of its aesthetic appeal and is no longer as attractive as it was during spring. Once you notice that the flowers have already faded, it is time to starting cutting.

Daylily
Daylilies respond quite well to shearing, and pruning during fall can save you a messy and time-consuming cleanup after the cold season. Some garden plants survive well with little attention before the winter season really ramps up. However, there are plants that cannot withstand the cold climate, and they tend to wilt and die at the hands of snow and frost. You should gather your landscape supplies and tools, or call up a local professional landscaping company to do whatever is necessary to save your plants or avoid heavy cleanup once the dust settles after the wintertime.