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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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Q Now my garden has died back I'd like to reorganise my borders.
DEATH OF KING Elvis died back in 77 The film industry has also changed dramatically since 1977.
Remove stakes from herbaceous borders that have died back.
Any branches that look spindly, diseased or have died back can be removed.
I PUT in some cottage garden plants - lupins, delphiniums and hostas - that have all died back.
WHAT a pity Denbighshire Council allowed the hedgerows to be cut before the flowers had died back and whilst birds are still nesting.
plant who died back to a stub after years of generous scent-filled
Al-Jaber, who had a brief spell on loan at Wolves in 2000, spent yesterday helping comfort his Al Hilal club-mate, who had just learned his mother had died back in Saudi Arabia.
There is a solution to this problem, and that is to dig up the rhizomes after all the leaves have died back in late summer or fall.
On arriving he discovers two paranoid surviving crew members and spookily his wife, who died back on Earth several years earlier.
I had two good mares, Tip The Dove and Spot The Dove, who both died back in 1994, and we've been struggling a bit since then.
When Chad's beloved dog died back in the fall, he blamed his family for their negligence, and he has been sullen and depressed ever since.
Judging from its behavior the second year, it sounds like the original hybrid died back and the rose has reverted to its original roots.
As the more drought-sensitive ponderosas died back at the edges of the forest, a mix of pinon and junipers took their place.
WHILE the weather is still pleasant, do a bit of a tidy up of fallen leaves and plants that have died back.