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Should I remove the deadwood ?

KLKL Posts: 115
Hi , Been away at work for 3 months and when I returned my plants were looking a bit dead though after a good watering and some sunshine they have livened up a bit rather quickly. My query is should I remove the deadwood stems or leave them alone ? Thanks for any advice.


  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,365
    Yes, you can cut the dead stems back now.  I always leave mine over winter to protect the emerging shoots but yours are just in the way now.
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • KLKL Posts: 115
    Ok, Thanks. Where exactly should I cut them , right at the bottom or around the top of the leaves ?
  • Cambridgerose12Cambridgerose12 Posts: 1,138
    Cut them as near to the bottom as you can without damaging the new shoots.
  • KLKL Posts: 115
    Thanks, that’s it done so hopefully see some new flowers appearing. I did notice a squad of snails all over them and eating lots of the leaves so removed them to the other side of the garden. Is there anything I can spray on the plants to keep the snails at bay ?
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,019
    The short answer is no.
    You can stamp on them, lob them over the fence, use pellets or surround your plants with something that they'd rather not cross.
    Are they sedums in your photo? If they are, you might not need to bother about the snails. They don't seem interested in mine.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,089
    edited June 2021
    OP’s plants look like Rudbeckia, don’t think they get eaten,  mine are ok so far. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • KLKL Posts: 115
    Yes the original plants are Rudbeckia but the second picture is Sedums. The snails have certainly went for my plants possibly unfortunate. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,019
    Plan B then😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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