damage to variegated grass

lucyfretwell(ireland)May 20, 2011

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the donkey got the better of my ornamental grass and has clipped them down to about 3 inches off the ground.

I think it may be Variegated Moor Grass

(The stems are not very thick and it doesn't seem to form thick clumps but it seems to spread a lot)

Can I expect a regrowth as it is quite early in the season?

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donn_(7b-8a)

If it's Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' it's a cool season grass, and should regenerate foliage quickly.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 7:07AM
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lucyfretwell(ireland)

thanks
I thought as much but , as we have never had 2 uses of it in the same year. (I use it for flower decoration ) I have never actually seen it regrow before.
Might it be a good idea in other years to deliberately cut part of the crop down early so as to get a succession of cuttings for the course of the summer? (instead of the glut I normally have)?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 7:24AM
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donn_(7b-8a)

In general, cool season grasses may be cut back 2-3 times during the year, and will respond with new growth. In my climate, I can get regrowth twice in the spring and at least once in the fall (I have cool springs and warm falls.).

They go fully or semi-dormant during the hottest and coldest seasons, so plan your cuttings to occur just prior the the cool seasons in-between.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 7:42AM
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