Dividing Ornamental Grass - Knowledgebase Question

Tulsa, OK
Question by rcmay
September 9, 1999
We have blue fescue plants as a border around our flower gardens. The plants have been in for three full summers. Can these plants be divided? If so, how and when is the best time to do so?

Answer from NGA
September 9, 1999


Ornamental grasses should be divided every 3-4 years. You can divide them in the autumn or in the spring. Simply dig the clump and divide the plant, either by breaking it into smaller clumps, or by cutting it apart with a spade. Be sure to leave some foliage attached to each root mass. Then replant, water well, and wait for new spring growth.

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