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!

A Tip To Rev-Up Liriope For Spring

img 0585 271x300 A Tip To Rev Up Liriope For Spring

Spring is still a few weeks away, but March is a great time to trim back any Liriope plants that you have in your yard! March is typically when I trim Liriope beds in formal landscape designs, since it forces the plants to jumpstart for the spring, and gets rid of last years yellowing or dead growth. In spots with heavy Liriope concentration, I recommend mowing the plant with a lawn mower down to about one inch in height, like you see here, to neaten the plant. Repeated mowing over the years also encourages the individual plants to grow in thicker before spreading thither and yon through your yard. Try this tip out this spring, and see if you can’t encourage a healthier plant in your landscape.