Winter - ferns & grasses
I have landscaped a hill in my backyard with a variety of ferns and ornamental grasses that can handle shade. This area is very shady, and as a consequence there are many, many leaves all over them. I don't mind raking them out of the area if need be, but I would just as soon leave them if no harm comes to the plants from having wet, moldy leaves on them all winter long. Are the leaves a good healthy mulch for the ferns and grasses or should I take pains to move them away from the plants?
Baltimore County Maryland
In general, ferns survive on their own in the woods with leaves on them. The grasses and ferns should be okay with the leaves on them.
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