Ornamental grass - Knowledgebase Question

Hollidaysburg, PA
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Question by kregala
June 24, 2007
My dwarf fountain grasses are usually lush and full by this time of year. This year there is very little growth coming from them. I cut them down to about 6 inches in the fall which I always do. Do you have any suggestions.
Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 24, 2007
The ornamental grasses, like lawn grass, need ample water and fertilizer to grow their best. Deep supplemental watering during dry spells can be helpful, as can a slow release fertilizer such as 10-10-10 applied in the spring, along with a top dressing of good quality compost.

You may also find that after a few years they need to be divided. If this is the case, they will be growing in a sort of donut pattern with a bare or thin center and most of the current growth around the perimeter. (The time to divide is in the early spring.)

I hope this helps you trouble shoot.

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