When to cut back plants?


addy1

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I've read it's actually best to wait until early spring to cut plants back as there might be beneficial insects that have laid eggs to overwinter on the stems. What do you guys think?
I don't cut back the land plants I have growing the fields of wild flowers until spring. The bugs, birds etc eat the seeds all winter and use it for protection.

The bog plants I have never really seen anything obvious on the stems. And when cut, the stuff is dumped in my woods intact so any bug will still live.

The bog plants become mush if left in the bog, I did it one year, yuck!
 
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I don't cut back the land plants I have growing the fields of wild flowers until spring. The bugs, birds etc eat the seeds all winter and use it for protection.

The bog plants I have never really seen anything obvious on the stems. And when cut, the stuff is dumped in my woods intact so any bug will still live.

The bog plants become mush if left in the bog, I did it one year, yuck!
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Oh, I was thinking more above water level, like bog plants and marginals.
like addy already noted; they turn to mush if you leave them over winter. I like to cut everything down before I begin closing down the pond.


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In South Eastern Virgina we get enough frost to kill plants in Late Fall then warms to average 55-45 degrees until Late Winter we'll get another last hit of cold, before our one week of Spring, then its like 90---THOUSAND degrees until the following November. Anyway, I remove my Water Hyacinth and Water Lettuce gradually during early November, saving some in water basins in my Greenhouse for next year. I replace the Hyacinth and Lettuce with Parrot Feather from the near by Dismal Swamp where it grows wild. I usually do the opposite in early Summer.
 
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