Maintenance for cool season grasses?

donn_(7b-8a)March 19, 2005

I have small clumps of a few cool season grasses, that are looking pretty ratty after winter. They all have browned blades, and one has rotting outer blades (Anthoxanthum).

I just finished giving my warm season clumps their haircuts. Should I do the same to Anthoxanthum, Festuca and Luzula?


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Yes. Given your zone, the sooner the better. Cutting them back now won't hurt them. Or you can tease out the dried foliage if most of a plant has remained green. If any are dying out in their centers, this is also a good time to divide and replant.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2005 at 8:34PM
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blackie57(z5 NY Broome Co)


I just gave all my grasses their annual haircut over the weekend (and got my first gardening blister of the year !!! YEA, I love it after this cold winter) and my cool season grasses even had a few small green shoots starting...and I am in a much colder climate than you are...I even have to move a bit of snow to get rid of the dead fronds which were burried. So most definately get on the cool season grasses before they really start putting out their foliage.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2005 at 9:42AM
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Thanx! They're done.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2005 at 6:40AM
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