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How to Cut Down Daylilies for Winter

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Cut down day lilies to prepare them for winter.

Day lilies provide a dependable and attractive grouping of both green foliage and blossoms throughout the summer months. As the summer winds down and autumn comes knocking, a gardener begins the task of cleaning up the remnants of summer and preparing for the harshness of winter. One clean-up task is to cut down day lilies for winter. Because some day lily varieties turn brown as the growing season ends, a tidy gardener often wants to remove this growth to keep the yard looking neat.

Wear gardening gloves to protect yourself as you pull the spent foliage. Carry the bucket to the day lily site to collect the foliage.

Pull dead foliage up directly from the point where it connects with the crown of the day lily plant with your gloved hands. Throw this foliage into the bucket to discard it.

Cut back the remaining foliage with the pruning shears so it is 2 to 3 inches above the soil level. Discard this foliage in the bucket.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Bucket


  • Do not cut back the foliage until it browns because day lily plants often continue to look quite attractive throughout the autumn season.

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.