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die back

Of plants, to die in a manner that retreats inward, leaving only the stems or roots. My plants died back after that period of unseasonably cold weather.
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die back

[for vegetation] to die back to the stems or roots. The hedge died back in the winter but regenerated leaves in the spring. This kind of grass dies back every year.
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die back

v.
To be affected by the gradual dying of plant shoots, starting at the tips and working back, as a result of weather conditions, natural growth cycle, or disease: Aerate the soil weekly when the flowers bloom and until they die back.
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Perennials that die back to the ground can be cleaned up and dried foliage composted, or the foliage can be left for frost protection until later in the season.
If you grow them, you may think they are on their last legs when the leaves turn yellow and start to die back, but then the blue-hooded flowers appear on spikes which tower 1.
As long as the stream doesn't freeze over, cress shouldn't die back, even when snow covers it.
But do wait until the flowers start to die back before you jump in.
They need lots of humus and die back with the first frost.
As deciduous perennials (the ones that lose leaves in winter) die back, keep dead foliage picked up and, ideally, composted.
When the flowers die back there is a small fruit, similar to a pineapple.
True crabgrass, however, is distinctive among lawn weeds in its capacity to completely overtake a lawn in the course of one summer and then die back completely in the winter.
After flowering, keep bulbs watered and feed with high potash fertiliser until the leaves die back.
In truth, even the leaves had problems, as new shoots would die back the moment they began to grow.
Allow the foliage to die back naturally - there is no need to tie up daffodil foliage.
It stresses out the root system, the scaffolding branches die back, and the tree dies.