At the end of the season, as your perennials start to die back, turn brown, and wilt, it’s time for Fall Pruning. Fall pruning is a crucial step in maintaining the health and beauty of your garden, and it’s important to find a skilled landscaper who understands the process.
Why is Fall Pruning Important?
Fall pruning serves several essential purposes for your garden’s health:
Disease Prevention: Removing dead, diseased, or infected parts of plants in the fall helps reduce the chance of spreading diseases like fungus to healthy plants in the spring.
Reseeding Control: While keeping seed heads promotes reseeding of the plant, cutting back in the fall prevents spread and take-over by one species, maintaining control in your garden.
Room for Spring Growth: Plants with wide leaves, such as hostas, can cover the ground and prevent new plants from sprouting in the spring. By removing unnecessary foliage in the fall, you open up space for new growth in the upcoming season.
Fall Pruning Tips
When pruning fall perennials, it’s crucial to clear the ground of any cut foliage to reduce the chance of disease transmission or rot. Some popular perennials that benefit from fall pruning include Astilbe, Bearded Iris, Bee Balm (Monarda), Catmint, Columbine, Daylily (Hemerocallis), Hostas, Lilies, Peony (Paeonia), Phlox, Salvia, and Yarrow (Achillea).
However, it’s important to note that not all perennials require fall pruning. Some plants, such as annual wildflowers like Cosmos, Zinnias, and Sunflowers, can be left for over-wintering birds and for visual appeal in the colder months. Other plants like Butterfly weed, Ferns, Coral Bells, Coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susan, Hydrangea, Sedums, and ornamental grasses also have specific pruning requirements in the fall or spring, depending on the variety.
Proper Maintenance for Healthy Gardens
By following the correct approach to fall and spring pruning, you can greatly impact the healthy maturation and filling in of your gardens. With professional Fall Pruning services from Chesapeake Landscapes, you can preserve your plants the right way for winter and enjoy a thriving garden in the upcoming seasons.
Chesapeake Landscapes offers full-service landscape and hardscape design and installation throughout Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil Counties. Schedule an appointment with our expert designers today to ensure your fall clean-up is done to perfection!