The big cut back: time to go easy in your garden with your perennials this autumn – The Times

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As temperatures plummet at this time of year plants slow to a stop and brace themselves for the dormant winter period ahead. Gardeners can take their time as they “put the garden to bed”, a process that involves raking up and composting fallen leaves, a little lawn maintenance perhaps, replanting seasonal pots and containers, and protecting or moving any non-hardy plants into a sheltered or indoor spot.Leaving your perennials uncut over the winter can be beneficial. Cutting back spent perennials, then mulching over their roots with a duvet of organic matter was a standard part of getting ready for winter procedure, but over recent years our habits have changed, for the better I may add. Sure, mulch is still best applied in the autumn
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