Care of ornamental grasses

Asked September 1, 2017, 10:08 AM EDT

When is the best time to move an ornamental grass? When is the best time to trim them back, fall or spring? Thank you

Harford County Maryland ornamental plants ornamental grasses horticulture

1 Response

You can transplant ornamental grasses either in the fall or in the spring. Ornamental grasses that die back in the winter should be cut to the ground in late winter/early spring before new growth begins. This includes the popular warm season grasses: fountain grass (Pennisetum), miscanthus, switch grass (Panicum), and pampas grass. If you have a cool-season ornamental grass (fescue, blue oat grass), trim out any brown or winter injured foliage in the spring; do not cut them all the way back. There is more information about the different types of ornamental grasses, and when to prune them, on the following page. https://extension.illinois.edu/grasses/understanding.cfm

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