Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thyme For Pruning
This is the time we have to make the decision on cutting back the herbs that require pruning.
It's difficult I know to take the clippers to a beautifully formed bush that is just sitting there looking perfect. But...if some pruning isn't done the spring will give you a bush that is straggly and somewhat slow growing.
Regardless the size of the shrub, 1/3 of it can be easily taken off, this will allow it to adapt to the new shape before the colder weather arrives.
I don't suggest pruning any later the this month...you don't need open cuts on any plant when the cold season arrives, this can cause damage to the stems that can easily be the death of the whole plant.
Thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano are all cold tolerant and will put out new growth and give you fresh pickings all winter.
If you are in a much colder climate ( I'm in the middle south )row covers might be needed to protect some perennials.