This time of the year many of our plants that have bloomed well all summer look tired. If you are not going to replace them this fall, now is the time to cut them back. Annuals in containers, like the impatiens shown above, need selective pruning. I would remove about 50% of the stem back to about 3 inches above the pot line. Fertilize them well (I used liquid) and keep them watered. You should have a container full of blooms this fall. If you have plantings that have dropped most of their leaves, look anemic, and have few to no blooms, I would cut the whole plant back to 3 or 4 inches high, like the one shown above (which is already putting out new foliage), fertilize, and keep watered. This should encourage new growth and lots of blooms this fall. Good candidates for this type of grooming include lantana, petunias, zinnias, pentas, and begonias to name a few.