I battled early blight last year, so this year I laid down a thick bed of grass clippings as mulch in my raised beds to prevent splashing of the dirt onto the plants. Last night, simply out of habit, I used scissors to cut off the the lower leaf stems that were touching the grass. Do I even need to do this? I actually hate how the first foot or so of my plants look like empty stems instead of lush plants.
I am wondering if the open wounds I just created near the main stem are now increasing my chances of getting disease more than if I just left the lower leaves alone.