Landscapers cutting back grasses too early!!!!
Has anyone noticed landscape contractors (that take care of large shopping centers, and buisness landscapes) cutting back the ornamental grass plantings in the fall? Normally in colder areas it is always suggested to NOT cut back ornamental grasses until March to insure the crowns are well protected from severe sub zero temperatures.
I suppose that since many grasses tend to loose foliage throughout the winter that the "neat and tidy" syndrome has taken over when a few fastidious property owners noticed a few blades laying in their parking lot. I noticed this when a normally beautiful grass planting nearby that usually has lasting winter interest was cut back before Thanksgiving. Before long more than half of the plantings around town were being crew cut. Fall /Winter interest is one of the main attractions for Ornamental grasses in my opinion. I certainly don't grow most of them just for the foliage!
The area I have noticed this in is Cincinnati Metro (specifically Northern KY).