I do love evergreen ferns, they are such a useful plant within the garden. They can be left alone for many years without any work done on them but I prefer to see the nice new green shoots appearing and unfurling. They look so peaceful as they do this. To really see this, it is best to remove the old leaves and I tend to do this by about mid May each year
To do this you will need the following equipment
Bypass secateurs or snips
Something for the rubbish to go into
On my scale of how easy it is to do with 1 easy and 10 difficult. This works out a 2. It’s pretty easy just the young leaves are pretty delicate and can break easy p
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Great seeing all the fresh green growth. I’ve done a few already but got a couple of Dryopteris beasts to assail.
All of our ferns are evergreen, and most are native. We can ignore the wood ferns (Western sword ferns). Others get groomed. It would be easier to just cut them back before new growth develops. We just never get to it in time.