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before the snow comes, cut them back and add some old horse or cow manure.
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In late fall, cut peony stalks off at the ground (strong scissors or knife or pruner) or as close as you can manage.  Be sure to dispose of the stems and all leaves (iincluding those that might be on the ground) by bagging them and removing from the property or by burning if allowed.  Do not put them in your compost for fear of possibly perpetuating botrytis blight - get them off the premises.

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