Cutting Back Purple Fountain Grasses For Fall/winter - Knowledgebase Question

Calistoga, CA
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Question by sczuka
September 24, 2002
Thanks in advance! Can you please tell me the best method for cutting back purple fountain grasses....I have about 5 of them, several of the larger ones are beginning to get dry/brown now that summer is ending. Is it best to cut them back "hard"? like down to the ground? and when is the best time...Sunset's Western Garden Book lists my climate zone as 14. Thank you for any info you can share...your plants truly are the best!
Elaine Sczuka

Answer from NGA
September 24, 2002
Ornamental grasses are generally allowed to remain intact until late winter or early spring. Many gardeners find the tannish-colored foliage attractive in autumn and during the winter months. You may certainly cut yours down to ground level if you don't like looking at the dead foliage. New shoots will sprout from the crown of the plant when weather warms in the spring. Enjoy your fountain grasses!

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