We just moved into an old house and I'm sorting out the garden. It's got some mature hedges and a mature tree that I'm really pleased about.
There is this messy plant (see picture), I don't know the name but it looks a bit like those ones you see in Holland. How is one supposed to go about sorting this, should I be carefully cutting out the dead bits (they're quite tough! and hard to get to!) or lopping the whole thing down to its base ready for spring?
What is the best way to remove these dead long leaves from the grass - they don't seem to get picked up by a rake