Weekend Gardener: Cutting Back Your Perennials

Landscapes in the BCS area can look really rough this time of year.

Many of our perennials may especially be looking leggy and beat up after a long hot summer. August is a great time to give these plants a rejuvenating haircut.

A well-timed trimming of these plants will put new life back into them by helping keep their growth habit more compact and encourage more vibrant blooms in the fall. Perennials such as salvias, esparanza, yarrow, perennial hibiscus, firebush, turk’s cap, garden mums, and roses can all be cut back during the next month.

This is also a good time to do the same for some unwieldy annuals like gomphrena and petunia that may look a little leggy.

A light application of nitrogen fertilizer or compost at this time can also help give these plants the kick-start that they need to launch themselves into the fall season.


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