karl forester grass

jjbjrJune 20, 2009

I have two Karl Forester grasses in front of my house. They are in their second season of growth. I was very pleased how the've developed into these beautiful upright specimens. Well, after continuous rain they have drooped and look lousy. Is there anything I can use to keep them upright through the summer months.I was thinking of tying something around them. Don't want to damage the grasses. I have not used anything other than rain on them. Thanks for any help you could give. jjbjr

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I'm having the same problem in my front gardens. Two KFs which were perfect until all the rain. We've had twice the normal rainfall for all of June so far, and they have opened up a good deal. This morning, they were partially flopping, but today was a bit drier and breezy, so they've straightened up quite a bit.

You can tie them up fairly easily, since they tend to be so upright under normal circumstances. I'd stick a couple of thin bamboo rods into the plant, on the upwind side, and use them as the anchors for some soft jute twine which encircles the plants, just below where the blooms begin.

Also, as the blooms open up, go out and gently shake off excess rainwater to lessen the weight.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2009 at 6:14PM
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Great advice Thanks much

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 7:51PM
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I have "clump" of "who know's what grass"--gets about 8' tall every year. *tag simply said "assorted grass" when I bought it* I took a large tomatoe cage and cut the legs off, turned it upside down, used the part cut off to make stakes to hold it in place and leave it inplace----no more flopping or falling over on that clump of grass. When the grass fills in, the cage isn't noticed much at all.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 7:47AM
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Is there a wrong time of year to plant Karl? I'm just north of Austin TX, and am interested in doing some fall planting, including about a 1/2 dozen Karls. Thanks.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 1:35PM
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The only wrong time in your zone would be in the hottest part of summer and the coldest part of winter.

You can plant them now, and probably have no problems.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 4:38PM
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