Pampas Turning Yellow - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL
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Question by deb23
May 26, 2006
The Pampas grass was perfect when I bought it. 3 weeks after planting the leaves are less springy and are turning yellow on the edges and tips. It has rained every 2-3 days but the soil is not too wet (sticks together when squeesed but crumbles nicely.) They are planted near an old evergreen tree so Ph may be an issue but I don't know what level I should be looking for. Any ideas what would be causing this, or how I should approach the problem?

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2006
Yellowing foliage on pampas grass usually indicates overly saturated soils. You can't control the rain, but you can make sure that the soil has an opportunity to dry out a bit between waterings. I think your new pampas grass might also be showing signs of transplant stress. It will overcome this problem once the roots establish, so in the meantime you can prune away the unsightly foliage and wait for new growth. Best wishes with your garden!

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