Winter Tips: Trimming Ornamental Grasses

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January temperatures may not always welcome you warmly outdoors, but the dormant period of winter is the best time to heavily trim back your ornamental grasses.  Cutting your grasses uniformly back down to the ground will ensure healthy fresh growth in the spring, and keep the sagging reeds and blades from snapping and going limp in winter snows and rain.

Now that the first snows of the year are past, and we’ve been able to enjoy the appearance of the grass for some time covered in snow and ice, it’s time to trim them back, and even sneak a few sheaves indoors to fill in the table arrangements that are now missing their Christmas decor.

How Low Can You Go?

Now that your grasses have died back to the ground, cut the stems back to about four inches above the ground.  The Pampas Grass in the picture was cut back this week to keep the grasses from flopping across the sidewalks on either side, and to encourage solid upright growth in the spring. I trim back to about 4-6 inches above the ground.

To achieve a uniform and more formal look in minutes I recommend using a an electric Hedge Trimmer that’s battery operated, and easy to grab and go!