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transplanting large ornamental grass

Posted by sjbgarden 5 (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 4, 10 at 11:35

Ok, I messed up and planted an ornamental grass in the wrong place- way too tall for the spot. I was unable to move it in the early spring and am wondering if I will be committing grass suicide if I try to move it now. I live in MA and the grass is up and running, this is the third year in the spot. I hope to move it in one large clump to lessen the stress- any advice or should I just deal with it next year?

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RE: transplanting large ornamental grass

  • Posted by donn_ 7b, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 5, 10 at 14:37

I'll assume since you said it's large, it's a warm season grass. While I have successfully moved them in the summer, and theoretically you can do it any time the foliage is 18" tall or less, I'd suggest waiting until next spring. Transplanting a large grass during the heat of summer is extremely stressful to both the plant and the gardener.

If you must move it now, it is best to cut back the foliage by about half. I know it'll look awful, but it will reduce the stress of transplanting. If it's as hot up there as it is down here right now, be sure to dig the new hole first, so you can move the rootball directly into it. Soak the new hole thoroughly, and soak the backfill soil as you are filling in around the rootball. Wait an hour, and water it again. For the first few days, lacking rain, you should water it a couple of times a day.

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