LOV thinning, question
I am wondering if anyone knows the answer to this. If I break off the Lillies of the Valley,above ground, and not dig out the roots does it slow its spreading down or speed it up? I was digging last night and it appears where I dug and planted hosta last year, making the soil less dense, the LOV's really spread to that area. After bloom I go through and thin them out for water saving and looks, they get too thick, but I got to thinking I needed to really do a severe thinning and my brain started to wonder which way would be the most beneficial, for the rest of my garden. I have been thinning ostrich ferns the same way, breaking them off at the crown, and am amazed it does not kill the crown. Some are so close to other things I do not want to dig and disturb eveythings' roots.