We will be rolling out several small fixes mid-day today (Jan 29.) We do not anticipate any disruptions or problems, but f you spot any unexpected issues after 12 noon (PST), please report them in the designated thread in the DG Site Updates forum.
I believe latana grows from new growth. I don't cut mine back until the new growth starts just so I don't lose them. The old dead stalks tell me where they are so that I don't dig them up when working in my beds.