Cleaning up the perennial garden is the not most glamorous of spring activities. What I do enjoy about it however is seeing all the tiny plants just starting to break ground.
In some parts of the garden crocus and other early spring bloomers are in their glory.
It's a good idea to move the leaves and other debris from around the most tender of plants by hand. This way you will not damage the plants as they are quite fragile early in the season.
The other reason you want to get rid of leaves and last years dead stuff early is that if there was a fungus or other disease on the plant it can be spread again from the dead leaves.
Be sure to cut back perennials to the ground. You can also cut back a butterfly bush now. I cut mine back to the ground, I find it promotes a bushier plant later in spring.
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