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leeson31
New City, NY

October 17, 2008
7:10 PM

Post #5684088

My asters are done blooming. Should I cut them back to the ground and mulch for the winter or leave them as is and cut them back in the spring. Also, when is the best time to transplant them.
Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2008
12:08 AM

Post #5685051

I do nothing to my asters. The winters here take them down eventually, and while they are up they serve as markers so my DH doesn't run the snow blower over the bed (it's a very large snow blower on the back of a 4 wheel drive 80 horse power tractor - not one you want running over perennial borders).

As soon as they go dormant, cutting them back would be fine, but I wouldn't worry about mulching them, although if you want to, it wouldn't hurt them. They are almost excessively hardy plants.

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