The Q&A Archives: Fountain Grass Clean Up

Question: Fountain grass: do you cut this back in the fall? how do you clean out the dead grass?

Answer: Ornamental grasses should be cut back to about six inches either in late fall or in mid spring before the new growth starts. Cutting them in fall removes the ornamental seed heads, so some gardeners will delay until spring. The new growth will cover the old stubs in just a few weeks. Some gardeners use a hedge trimmer to cut the grass off, this is much faster than using a hand clipper.

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