Perennial Pruning – Now is the Time

Donna Fossum

If you’re like me, you’re itching to get outside and do something productive after a long, cold winter of being stuck inside. There is only so much house cleaning a person can do! Perennial pruning should be first on your list of outside chores.

Early March is the time to get out and start tackling a few chores in the garden. One of those is perennial pruning of those woody, herbaceous plants.

It was good to leave them over the winter as they provided shelter and food for our feathered friends. But now is the time to prune them. You can prune woody perennials (salvia, lantana, roses, etc.) down to 3 to 6 inches above the ground. For ornamental grasses such as fountain, muhly, prune them in half.

Pruning now will make for a healthier and happier plant when it is time for them to come out of dormancy and enliven our spring landscape once again.

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Patioscape with firepithungry deer coming out of the forest