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Do I cut back winter growth now?

Posted by lorislines 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 8, 08 at 7:01

This is my first year with ornamental grass plants. I have several Hamlin and a few Blue fescue. I let the plants go over this past winter without trimming them up. Now that Spring is finally here, do I trim them back and if so, how far back? Thanks for your help.

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RE: Do I cut back winter growth now?

We cut our larger grasses down yesterday evening to about 7". I'm not sure about the smaller grasses but I would think if there is not any new growth (or very little) that it would not hurt. In fact, I think I'll chop on my little fescue too (I usually don't) and see what happens!

RE: Do I cut back winter growth now?

I plan to cut back my grasses in the next week. It is raining right now. I do exactly like gersch says, my larger grasses I cut back to about 7 ". My small grasses to about 3-4". It is kind of proportional to the size of the plant.

I would NOT recommend cutting completely to the ground level. I did that one year and the grass struggled to come back.

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