Ask a Question forum: Ornamental Grass - Ohio area

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Name: Laurie Malcolm
Columbus, Ohio 43220 (Zone 6a)
lmalcolm2004
Nov 13, 2017 7:18 AM CST
first year I planted perennial ornamental grass and it is just lovely. How much do I cut this down for the winter and when is the best time? when I cut it back, do I cover it with mulch or leave alone.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Nov 13, 2017 7:33 AM CST
I like to leave it for winter interest. Mulch around but don't cover the crown. Cut it down in early spring before the new grass comes up.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Nov 13, 2017 8:29 AM CST
I've always cut them back in spring too. I was advised to do that by a specialist nursery in ornamental grasses, not just for winter interest but for winter survival for the not so hardy ones. Whether that actually makes any difference or not I don't know. For the more tender Miscanthus I also mulch around as Sally suggested, but not for the hardier ornamental grasses which don't need it. Do you know what ornamental grass you have?
Name: Laurie Malcolm
Columbus, Ohio 43220 (Zone 6a)
lmalcolm2004
Nov 13, 2017 8:47 AM CST
I have a type that is called, Twilight Ornamental Grass. It is very pretty as it changes 4 different colors during the year. It is very thin so I believe the info I have received above is very good.



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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Nov 13, 2017 8:57 AM CST
If that's Schizachyrium scoparium 'Twilight Zone' then it's said to be hardy to zone 3 so I would assume doesn't need a protective mulch. Walters Gardens suggest cutting that one back in late fall to make it "sturdier" for the following year:

https://www.waltersgardens.com...
Name: Laurie Malcolm
Columbus, Ohio 43220 (Zone 6a)
lmalcolm2004
Nov 13, 2017 4:06 PM CST
Truly appreciate this information Thumbs up Thank You! Hurray!

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