All Things Gardening forum: Will my grasses recover?

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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jul 1, 2017 9:18 AM CST
We hired a guy to do perimeter weed wacking which was way out of control (my husband has an arm injury and I can't run the gas wacker for long stretches). I watched him for a bit and thought he was doing well at discerning between pasture grass and my plants. His worker diligently raked up behind him and they took all the debris to our local compost facility. All good. Unfortunately, I noticed after they left that he cut down to nubs two mature Karl Foerster feather reed grasses along with several lower growing sedges. I'm not as concerned about the sedges as I have those elsewhere and they are easy to divide. I'm wondering what might come of the feather reed grasses? They were about 5' tall and in full bloom and are now about 1-2" at most. Will they recover? I figure I'll just water them in and see what happens. I think he realized his mistake and left the remaining 3 alone (I had one group of 3 and one group of 2 kind of offsetting each other at the edge of our firepit patio).

I rather figured I'd lose a plant or two, was hoping it would just be a random daylily or other easily replaced plant. Ouch. But, what's done is done.
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 1, 2017 9:28 AM CST
The Karl Forester should recover, pretty tough!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 1, 2017 9:36 AM CST
I agree with Rj, they should be fine.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jul 1, 2017 10:35 AM CST
Thanks for the encouraging words. It looks so totally denuded right now, but good time to dig in a new edge and clean out that area I guess. Then hope for the best. And not hire El Choppo anymore...
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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Jul 1, 2017 7:42 PM CST
I agree, it's a tough plant and should look better than ever next year. It should still send up new growth for the year also but just won't be as tall.

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