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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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Best planted in drifts, buy them now in pots or in late spring when freshly lifted and the foliage is dying back or 'in the green' just after flowering.
If you are letting them spread in lawns, which looks delightful, don't start mowing the grass until their leaves are dying back. Native to the woodlands of southeastern Europe, they will do best in sunshine, perhaps under deciduous trees.
- Sally Collins, by email ALAVENDERS are prone to dying back when hit by prolonged hard frosts.
We've inherited a fish pond planted with lilies and reeds which are dying back for winter.
As well as being great in shade, the wonderful leafy growth also comes at a time when spring bulbs are dying back. Partner the two and mask the over-blown remains of the bulbs with fabulous new foliage.
"People were dying back here, getting raped, and the community said this is enough." That was before Smith's time, but he's worked in similar spots--he never knew what he'd find beneath the weeds and waste.
The study's authors found that forests unable to cope with a warmer climate could begin dying back in 30 to 80 years, eventually moving the southern boundary of U.S.
In sunny plots, it behaves much like an annual, dying back with the heat of summer but reseeding the following spring.
If you are letting them spread in lawns, which looks delightful, don't mow the grass until their leaves are dying back. Native to the woodlands of southeastern Europe, they will do best in sunshine, perhaps under deciduous trees.
CUT down any marginal plants around pools that are dying back. Stretch netting over the water to prevent autumn leaves blowing in.
5 When onion leaves start falling over or dying back, it's time to lift them.
However as temperatures are already falling quite rapidly, especially at night, it would be wise to bring them into a more protected spot for now, but do so gradually and don't bring them straight from a cool garden into the hottest room in the house or they'll show their shock by turning brown and dying back.