Planting Ornamental Grass question
I have acquired my ornamental grasses to plant this spring. I have five 1 gallon Karl Foersters, a Miscanthus Graziella and Silberfeder that are nice 1 gallon left overs from last years batch at Sooner Nursery, a 3 gallon Northwind Panicum, a 3 gallon M. Adagio and a 2 gallon Karley Rose.
I have acidic clay soil in central NC z7b. I started a 35Ã¯Â¿Â½ x 20Ã¯Â¿Â½ lasagna bed last Nov. to plant in. This went so so given that I did not do it deep enough. So now I have about 4-5 inches of partially composted organic matter on top of my original clay soil but with very few weeds (so far).
So I feel not all is wasted and I am probably better off than not doing anything. I now plan on raking this partial compost off of the original clay based soil so it can dry out some. Then dig and amend planting areas/holes, plant in mid March, spread the compost back on and mulch over this.
I would appreciate any opinions on this approach and also advice on planting the Miscanthus, Panicum and Pennisetum within the next few weeks. I believe the Karl Foersters can be planted now.
My main concern is getting the planting area/holes amended correctly to allow good drainage. I cannot do this until the clay dries some. It is quite wet now and the cover of compost is keeping it wet. Secondly, I am a bit concerned about planting the Miscanthus, etc. this soon. Two different growers have told me to go ahead and plant them now.