The end is near!

  • Article by: Connie nelson , Home + Garden editor
  • Updated: November 17, 2009 - 2:50 PM

You can see the end of the gardening season from here. Here's what with three top gardeners in the Twin Cities are doing to get their gardens ready for winter.

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lsteidlNov. 18, 09 8:37 AM

I love the look of my dried out perennials, so I don't cut them back. And I don't like winter mulching because I feel like my plants that need it aren't suited for my yard. But I'm always told that I'm doing that wrong! This winter I can look at my untrimmed, unmulched perennials without feeling guilty. Now if only someone will make the case for not raking my leaves.....

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carlbsNov. 18, 09 9:42 AM

And I have to add that winter wildlife isn't very choosy and will feed on certain overwintering perennials.

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mplsbergNov. 18, 0911:51 AM

I don't have a ton of leaves but I 'mulch' by simply raking the leaves on to my gardens to give them a light blanket for the winter. In twenty years, that seems to have been the trick - I don't lose much even in very tough winters and by spring, I'm eager to get in to the garden to rake once again!

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