The Q&A Archives: Help For Struggling Dwarf Mondo Grass

Question: We planted a great deal of dwarf mondo grass that continues to struggle. Our climate is dry and sunny. We water every day for about 3 to 5 minutes. The natural soil is clay, but the top layer was well amended. The rabbits love to eat the mondo grass. We choose mondo grass because we thought it would be low maintenance. What can we do to help the mondo grass thrive?

Answer: Mondo grass can be slow to establish and plants look bad if soil is poorly drained or contain excess salts. For best results in your clay soil, dig your plants, amend the soil with organic matter to facilitate drainage, then replant and water well. Rather than watering every day (which is a bit too much for Mondo grass), water once each week. When you do water, water thoroughly so the entire root mass gets wet, then allow the soil to dry before watering again. Once established, Mondo grass requires water only during the hottest months of the year. Best wishes with your Mondo grass!

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