Question: How much winter clean up should I do for my perennials?
Answer: Depends on how tidy a gardener you are and how much you enjoy the birds feeding on the summer seeds. If you like a tidy garden, cut the old seed stalks. Pull out all annuals and compost. You can rake a few leaves over the more tender perennials, but pull the leaves away in spring. I leave purple coneflower seeds along with rudbeckias for the birds to feed on during the lean days of winter. In spring when it’s still too cold to plant, I clean out the rest of the dead stalks.