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I bet someone will turn up in a minute and threaten you with mouldy fungal rot
I get very few disease problems in my garden, I treat 'em mean and they grow hard
Some people compost pp but much of the time I chuck it straight back, I sometimes point the shredder at areas under shrubs so I don't even have to move it.
It all rots down.
I agree, after shredding you can chuck it all back on the garden
Good for the more woody stems of perennials as well
For mine it means I walked on them as they were coming through
Give it time Jo
perhaps yours get better treatment Jo Mine are crispy round the edges/brown in places/horizontal, a sorry state. They go through the shredder well though
The old leaves usually look naff by flowering time and the plant makes new leaves as flowering goes on. Before flowering is best, I was late.
I've tried cutting and not cutting and the former looks best.
Some people cut the leaves off in autumn, others do it later. Around now works for me most years but this year they're a good 6-8 weeks in advance. It only needs doing once.
I did wonder if removing the leaves will leave the flowers more available to the mutjac but last year they ate the flower buds before I cut the leaves.
The old leaves aren't very pretty are they? I haven't experimented to see if mine grow better following a haircut.