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Spring Care of Ornamental Grasses

By Roberta Tolan, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Agent

Most grasses benefit by being cut back, usually just before new growth begins in the spring.

Use hedgeshears that have been sharpened for the season, and wear gloves to protest your hands from the sharp edges of the grasses.  Some perennial-type grasses might require a chain saw to divide them.  Cutting the grasses back is more easily done if they are tied together first. After cutting the plants back, mulch them to retain moisture, improve the soil and suppress weeds.

tying up grasses (12704 bytes) Tying the grasses together makes for easier cutting.       

 

cut back grasses (8726 bytes) Cutting may require a chainsaw.

Spring also is a great time to plant new ornamental grasses.  Remember that some grasses grow best in warm weather while others like it cooler.

Photograph of ornamental grass courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.

Photographs of ornamental grass care courtesy of Lynne Conroy.

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