There are still lots of things you can do in the garden now. The Master Gardeners of Erie County have posted new articles in WNY Gardening Matters, including one on what to do in the garden in October.
One of the tasks addressed was cutting back perennials.
For winter interest, many gardeners like to leave rudbeckia, butterfly weed, mums, heuchera and grasses standing, said author Peggy Koppmann.
But there are some perennials that just get ugly after frost and are susceptible to disease. Here are some that should be cut back:
- Iris (reduce cover for borers and fungal diseases)
- Monarda (cut back if powdery mildew is present)
- Columbine (disease management, early spring growth)
- Gallardia (improves plant vigor)
- Peony (remove infected foliage)
- Veronica (will turn black and ugly)
- Salvia (cut back to new basal growth)
The article on what to do in October offers many other tasks you can do now.
Other articles in WNY Gardening Matters include:
- Invasive plant called Euphorbia Maculata (Spotted Spurge)
- Mothballs Are Not for Errant Cats
- Native Asters
- Hemlock Wooly Adelgid