How to Cut Back Ornamental Grasses

Early spring is the best time to cut back your ornamental grasses.  The key is to cut back these grasses before the plant begins new growth for the season. Once new growth begins, it is difficult to cut down the old growth without damaging the new growth and thus possibly compromising your plants appearance this coming season.

Below are some steps to make this task a little easier for you:

  1. Make sure you have sharp pruning shears or power hedge trimmers for this task.
  2. Tie twin around the circumference of the grass to create a nice tight bundle which will ultimately lessen the mess once the cutting begins.
  3. If grass is tall and wide, then you may need to wrap grass in several different positions.
  4. Once grass is bundled, begin pruning anywhere from 6”-12” from the ground depending on your preference.
  5. Now once bundle has been cut, it’s a lot easier to carry to compost pile.
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