Safe to mow pachysandra?

Asked October 17, 2019, 8:12 PM EDT

Max cut height on my mower is 4”. Want t clean out leaves from the bed. Is it safe to mow it?

Sussex County Delaware

2 Responses

Japanese pachysandra is quite hardy and will readily regrow from roots at the soil surface and just below it. At 4" in will probably whack off a good many of the pachysandra leaves but if you do not mind the ragged look new growth will cover the damage. A problem is that the ground is likely to be uneven under the Pachysandra so that you will get uneven mowing. And, if you test the length of a Pachysandra stem you will see that the can exceed 4". A leaf blower or rake would be more effective for removing leaves without damage to the plant. If your Pachysandra is our native Pachysandra procumbens (Allegheny Spurge) don't mow it. If it is Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Pachysandra) then you could try it. Here is how to mow Pachysandra to rejuvenate it.

Thanks much. Sounds like a reasonable solution. Will give it a shot and again in the spring.