Pruning Ornamental Grasses


Richard: Greg we’re standing here next to switch grass,
one of the warmer season grasses so it really hasn’t started to come back yet this year. And in this case it’s been left up for the
strong winter interest in soldier fashion here behind this patio planted area. What’s going to be the best way probably to
really take care getting all this top growth off. Greg: Well, one thing people have to understand is that
grasses, while they give ornamental interest over the winter time. There comes a time when this is going to have to be removed. Richard: Sure Greg: To allow new growth to come up. And many people wonder, ‘What what do I do with
all this stuff and how do I best remove it so that it’s not all over the yard when I start to prune?’. Richard: That’s where it is in my yard, give me a hint. Greg: Exactly, you start to shear the thing and it ends up all over the place. So if
you want to be the most efficient I would suggest, if a person is doing this as a one-man
operation, get themselves a bungee cord or a piece of rope, and if they take the bungee cord or piece of rope and basically truss up all this material right here so that we have this nice, neat bundle right here. By doing that, you’ve got this all this material captured. Now you can go in there with the head shears and physically cutback. Richard: And about how far up? Greg: About four to six inches up off the ground. Richard: Alright, four to six inches. And remove all this material very easily with your shears, like right there. And by doing that you have this nice, neat bundle
to carry to the compost pile and remove it without having stuff all over the garden. So it
kind of saves steps You’ve got this thing neatly cleaned up, you’ve got your grasses pruned to the proper height, new growth now will fill in, and we have a brand new planting for next
year Richard: Thanks Greg.

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