Win a Pair of Dramm Hand Pruners

I can’t believe what an awesome response we received on this contest. I wish I had more pruners to give away. Today’s winner by random draw is Tammy Hathaway. Congratulations Tammy and thanks to everyone for participating. I’m blown away.

People often ask me about which plants to cut back in autumn and when to cut them back. I advise to wait until a killing freeze to cut back perennials and pull out summer annuals. If a plant had problems during the summer always through the foliage in the trash rather than the compost bin to prevent carrying fungus and disease over into next year.

I like to leave some of my perennials and ornamental grasses uncut for winter interest and bird habitat. How about you? Do you prefer a tidy winter garden or is a little frowzy more your style?

Tell me in the comments section below for a chance to win a cool pair of Dramm ColorPointâ„¢ Bypass Pruners. They are bright yellow, which makes it easy to find them in the garden. I’ll announce the winner on Friday November 02, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. CST. Click here for the official rules.

678 Responses to Win a Pair of Dramm Hand Pruners

  1. Freddia says:

    I prefer the flower beds to be neat and tidy, but they usually end up being shabby chic because I run out of time before it get too cold for me.

  2. Candy says:

    Tidy up but wait until spring for a total cleaning!

  3. E. George Strasser says:

    I cut them in the spring when the birds are through with them.

  4. Debra Harris says:

    I guess I’m not that adventurous. I clean out the vegetable garden (pull up everything except herbs) the night before a frost and either freeze, dry or can it . Annuals are also pulled up and the beds are mulched. Peonies I’ve heard should die on their own to ensure better blooms the next year so I leave them alone. (Is that true?) After daylillies bloom, my honey just mows them down and mulches over the top. They’re always beautiful the next year. I do a lot of pruning in the winter because I use the magnolia leaves, holly leaves and berries, nandinas and other plants for Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. Hey, I guess I am adventurous. LOL.

  5. Judy Fisher says:

    Leave the huckleberries on the bluff to keep erosion from taking a toll.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    My gardens border woodlands, so I leave it “natural-looking”. Love to leave ornamental grasses and salvias uncut until spring. Anything that gets “mushy’ goes bye-bye. Any plants with seed heads remain in place for the birds and self-sowing. Love your blog!

  7. Jude says:

    I’ve been gardening for a many years. Some years I cut things back and some I don’t. Depends on how Art (arthritis) and Burt (Bursitis) are feeling in the Fall:-). But I sure do like the looks of those Dramm Hand Pruners!

  8. MCY from Buena Park says:

    Personally, I like to see as much green as possible. It’s motivating, homey (sp?), and cozy to get out there in the winter months. I like colorful English Gardens. It takes special pruining to make ‘em look that way.

  9. Martha Thomas says:

    My son’t girlfriend lost my pruners in a bed of ivy never to be found again. We think the ivy ate them. My husband thinks he is pruning the ivy with hedge clippers. What a mess we have. Looks like something chewed off the bottom. Not pretty!

  10. sue marx says:

    The winter birds love the coneflower seed pods I leave standing for them, and they look so lovely covered with a crown of snow!

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