Do I need to trim back ferns?
I live in NW Georgia and we recently had a couple of cold snaps. I have a bed with several different varieties of ferns...Autumn Fern, Shaggy Shield Fern, Japanese Painted Fern, Korean Rock Fern, Holly Fern. My ferns have all begun to turn yellow/brownish and I know they will die off before too long. They really are not very attractive right now, so I was wondering if it would hurt their reproduction in the spring if I go ahead and trim them back, say to the ground or about an inch above the ground, then cover with pine straw.