How can I divide a HUGE pampas grass clump that defies digging?

juliamay67April 17, 2014

I have a few large clumps of pampas grass. They are taking over my planting area. My 17 year old son & I tried to dig one up and ended up bending the shovel beyond repair.

How do I dig or divide these monsters?

Thank you!

Julia in Woodinville, WA

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Take it out in chunks small enough for you to handle. Look at the entire crown as a large pie. Using a sharp axe, chop out triangular pieces. Cut off the inner third of each piece and discard. Re-plant the rest.

You also could use a spade made for this sort of work. There are several, like the King of Spades, which are all steel and extremely sturdy. Use a mill file to put a very sharp edge on it.

Here is a link that might be useful: King of Spades

This post was edited by donn_ on Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 17:22

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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

Or use a reciprocating saw with a long pruning blade to cut it up.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 10:08PM
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