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Cut back or comb 'Elijah Blue' fescue?

Posted by zuzus_petals Pacific NW (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 9, 06 at 0:38

I've got some brown foliage from the winter -- which is the best method for removing it, cutting back or combing?

If combing is recommended, how do you do that -- with a little rake or something (sorry, I'm a newbie)?

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RE: Cut back or comb 'Elijah Blue' fescue?

  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 9, 06 at 9:27

I cut back my Blue Fescue, at least once a year, a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes, I'll also give them a trim if they get ratty looking after a hot summer.

RE: Cut back or comb 'Elijah Blue' fescue?

Since your grass probably came through the winter in pretty good shape I would say that you could get away with just knocking off the brown ends. For some of my tougher evergreen (blue) grasses I just tidy them up using a serrated kitchen knife. Using a motion the reverse of 'teasing your hair' you can reduce the size of the grass, knock off all the 'dead ends' and end up with something looking more natural than a 'brush cut'. Of course, as donn says, cutting back is an option too. Often my fescues get a radical hair-cut at this time of the year courtesy of the bunny rabbits. It never seems to hurt them.

RE: Cut back or comb 'Elijah Blue' fescue?

I comb mine with my hands.

RE: Cut back or comb 'Elijah Blue' fescue?

I also simply comb with fingers slightly pinching as I pull and repeat until the fellas look better. Heliotrichon is similar. You pull a few green ones with the brown from time to time but not to worry!

RE: Cut back or comb 'Elijah Blue' fescue?

I gave mine a haircut for the first time this year, they were looking a bit ratty and brown so they got the buzz cut..we'll see how they come back. Keep your fingers crossed.


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