How do I trim pampas grass? - Knowledgebase Question

GRASONVILLE, MD (Zone 7A)
Question by cdamron
March 27, 2009
My 6to8 ft tall grass looks dead andneeds triming,withlarge white feathery plumes,has sharp blades,planted 2 yrs ago and did nothing to the grasses last year,some green shuts are coming up with the old golden brown leaves. What do i do to get rid of the dead look and make this grass look nice? Please advise ,do i cut it back all the way to the ground? Thanks


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Answer from NGA
March 27, 2009

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Before growth begins in the spring, or just as it is beginning to grow in the early spring, prune away any brown leaves and dead materials that accumulates at the base of plants. It is a good idea to move slowly and wear jeans, a long sleeve shirt, and gloves when pruning pampas grass. The sharp leaf blades will cut through the skin of hands, arms, legs and other unprotected parts of the body. If winter is particularly harsh and a great deal of browning has occurred, the entire plant can be rejuvenated by cutting it back to within two feet of ground level with lopping shears or chain saw. New growth will emerge to renew your plant.

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