Spring Clean-up

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Eco-Friendly, Fit to Garden, Gardening, Stacy Walters | 2 comments

I am very fond of ornamental grass.  I like to experiment and cultivate the grass as a ground cover, border, screen, accent, and have even used it in my container garden.  Ornamental grasses cover a broad palette of colors, textures, blooms, and heights.  Every variety that I have planted has been beautiful and extremely low-maintenance.

Ornamental grass provides wonderful winter interest so I prefer to cut it back in the Spring.  The weather has been beautiful in Kentucky and I knew I needed to get out there and cut it back before the new growth popped up!

Full Grass2

The more full and beautiful an ornamental grass is, the more difficult it is to cut back.  I recommend bundling sections of the grass then securing the sections with rope.   This makes cutting the grass back 4-6″ with pruning shears much easier.

Grass Rope  Grass Cutting  Grass After

Then after I clean up the random blades, all I’m left with a neat bundle of grass ready to compost!

Grass Compost

All set, the new growth is welcome to shine through.  Happy Spring!



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  1. Rebecca

    We bundle the grass with a bungie cord, then cut. The bundle of grass loosens up once it is cut, then we can tie of with a rope, if needed.

  2. FitnessDaisy

    Excellent, I love the bungie cord idea!