The Q&A Archives: How to care for pampas grass.

Question: There are dead looking areas in my long row of pampass grass, can I cut them back?

Answer: Established pampas grass takes well to pruning - in fact, it is often necessary to keep the plants under control! Before growth begins in the spring, prune away any brown leaves and dead materials that accumulate at the base of plants. It is a good idea to move slowly and wear jeans, a long sleeve shirt, and gloves when pruning pampas grass. The sharp leaf blades will cut through the skin of hands, arms, legs and other unprotected parts of the body. If winter weather is particularly harsh and a great deal of browning has occurred, the entire plant can be rejuvenated by cutting it back to within two feet of ground level with lopping shears or chain saw. New growth will emerge in the spring.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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