The Q&A Archives: Dead Leaves On Stachys

Question: Last season, my stachys took off, but after a mild winter with lots or rain, the underleaves have died and are decomposing--creating an unsitely mess and a great hiding place for snails. Can I just trim the plant to the ground or do I have to pull off dead leaves one by one?

Answer: You can safely trim the Lamb's Ear clear down to the ground and new leaves will sprout this spring. Rain has a tendancy to make the leaves mushy, so remove them during the season when they become unsightly. You should trim your Stachys plants down inthe fall so the dead leaves won't harbor snails.

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