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Work-saving gardening tips from the pros at Hershey Gardens

The mower comes in handy in dealing with groundcovers such as liriope, leadwort (plumbago) and lamium that get an annual cutback.

 “Rather than cutting it by hand, just mow it,” says grounds foreman Brian Carr. “February or March is a good time – right before new growth starts.”

The rough cut to 2 to 3 inches doesn’t faze these tough perennials. Just avoid cutting into the crown (the point at ground level where the new leaves emerge), and plants will grow fresh foliage as temperatures heat up in April.

The cut foliage can even be left in place to decay among the plants. If you’re a “neat” gardener, top the cuttings with a light layer of mulch rather than removing them and then mulching.

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