Tips Cutting Back Ornamental Landscape Grass

Ornamental grasses are actually an unsurpassed addition you definitely should do to your garden’s landscape. Elegant ornamental grasses can add an interesting look and delightful texture to your garden during almost all seasons. There are some hardy ornamental grass varieties that are incredibly simple to take care of and can endure harsh conditions. Gardeners use these grasses to naturally scare away ravenous deer.

Cutting Back Ornamental Landscape Grass

The tricky part of it all is knowing the right time to cut back ornamental landscape grass. Recent researches show that the apt time is immediately after it flowers and then become dry. An essential factor to always consider before you cut back the grasses even when they are dry is finding out whether they are warm season or cool season grasses.

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Cool season ornamental grasses start to produce their new growth early in spring when the temperatures are above freezing point. They thus, flower during early summer. On the other hand, warm season ornamental grasses produce their new growth late in spring. They thus, flower during late summer.

Warm ornamental grasses include hardy pampas grass, fountain grass, maiden grass, Japanese blood grass, and both little & big bluestem. Cool season ornamental grasses include tufted hair grass, northern sea oats, feather grass, fescue, ribbon grass. The dead foliage of either warm season or cool season grasses can be cut back in late fall, to serve as beauty plants in winter.

Ornamental grass winter

Ornamental grass winter

How to Cut Back Ornamental Landscape Grass

Wrap a bungee cord or tie a rope around the grass clump before you cut the dead foliage. Ensure that you wrap or tie the ornamental grass fairly tightly to about two feet above the ground. Then cut underneath the bungee cord or rope. This way you will be able to clear away the entire bundle in one neat package. Besides, this will make it easier for you to handle the grass as you cut.

After you cut back your grass and perhaps find that it is growing rather too large for the space available in the garden, you can divide and dig out the grass for replant. Power tools may be required to effectively dig out large, unwieldy grass clumps. Even though, a spade can be used to dig out smaller clumps.

You will probably need a reciprocating saw made with a ten inch blade to cut down into the ground and the entire root system. You will additionally use the saw to cut up the slump into the desired number of divisions.

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