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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
May 1, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Hi Gang! This has never happened before, but I haven't found the time to cut down my Zebra Grass yet, this Spring, and it has sprouted and is already about 30 inches tall. How do I get rid of the dead material? Do I venture in and cut down everything stalk by stalk / blade by blade, or do I pull them out? It's about 24 inches in diameter, at the base. Not "search party" worthy, by any stretch! XD
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 1, 2017 12:21 PM CST
You might try 'combing' it with a pronged tool of some sort and see if that loosens up the dead stuff. I've done that with smaller grasses with fair success.
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
May 1, 2017 3:06 PM CST
I suggest you cut off the dead stalks level with the top of the new growth. What is left of last year's stalks will soon blend into the new growth. You can cut all of the stalks lower next spring.
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sallysmom
May 2, 2017 5:55 PM CST
Mu husband used a pitchfork type tool and combed it. I had always cut it back but he did this last year and it looked so good so we decided to continue doing it.
Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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bloominholes2fill
May 5, 2017 11:41 PM CST
Well, Wednesday I cut down the dead stalks. It was quick work, since the Zebra Grass isn't spread out large at all. I then raked out the dead stuff that fell in to the clumps, with a rake, instead of a pitchfork bc I was too lazy to get the pitchfork! D'Oh! But it worked somewhat. I just had to do some "hand raking"....no big deal! Things are now looking good! Thanks for the advice everybody!! Thank You!
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