The Q&A Archives: Ornamental Grass

Question: Last year we planted some ornamental grass and naturally it turned brown during the winter. just don't know if we should trim it down and let it start over this spring or will it come back on it's own. it is still tall and fluffy looking, just brown.

Answer: Many gardeners enjoy the "tall and fluffy look" of the faded foliage and blooms over the winter. In late fall or in spring, though, you do need to cut them back. Cut the grass off as short as you can, about six inches or so from the ground. The new grass will grow up through the old stems, assuming the grass you planted was a winter-hardy variety -- some are not.

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