Pruning Of Damaged Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Webster, WI
Question by warner6
July 7, 2000
A severe storm recently damaged my daughter's hostas and day lilies. Should she cut them back now or allow them to heal on their own?


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Answer from NGA
July 7, 2000

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The damaged parts of the plants can be cut away. Pruning them back will encourage new growth and will eliminate entry points for insect and disease problems. Go ahead and cut the damaged foliage back.

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