Ornamental Grasses - Knowledgebase Question

Grafton, Wi
Question by DominicJCari
August 28, 2010
When is the best time to trim and or prune Ornamental Grasses and how much do you cut off?


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Answer from NGA
August 28, 2010

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The answer really depends upon the type of ornamental grasses you are growing. In general, the grass blades are left alone until early spring. Doing this ensures the crowns of the plants will be protected over the winter months (the dead blades fall over and provide a nice thick layer). In the spring you can cut the old foliage off the plant to make way for new foliage. An alternative to cutting the old blades off is to pull them up and out away from the plant. This doesn't leave dead stubs and makes the plant look neater and more attractive. Hope this answers your question.

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