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Article: Periwinkles for the Garden: TLC for lovely vinca

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Columbia, MD

December 15, 2008
5:09 PM

Post #5894050

I have a beautiful patch vinca under an old silver maple. It gets no sun and probably not much to drink although I water enough in summer to keep the nearby oakleaf hydrangeas alive. My question really is about the Very thick layer of leaves that fall on the vinca. Do I leave it "as is" as mulch for over the winter? (Northern Maryland gets snow and weather in the teens for a week or two at a time.) When and how do I rake it off? I have tried raking in (soggy) spring and feel bad about all the vines I inadvertently rip out. So, what am I supposed to do about the piles of leaves.?
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)

December 15, 2008
6:21 PM

Post #5894237

The leaves can protect the plants but too many may compact and rot the periwinkle. I'd rake early in spring before the periwinkle starts to bloom. However, I think in Maryland I would be tempted to remove the leaves now. Your cold and snow is short-lived so the periwinkle probably do not need extra protection. In my area, the snow and cold are for 4 months! A layer of leaves is helpful in THAT case!

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