Pruning

Pruning ornamental grasses.
As soon as the winter starts many people suddenly feel the need to trim plants to a height just above the ground. However, specifically in winter many grasses are a joy to look at. The dead leaves and stems also provide a natural protection against frost and moisture in the winter.

Our advice is to only trim the deciduous grasses at 10cm above the ground at the end of March, in order to free space for the new growth. The only exception to this rule is the Cortaderia. This variety requires a “winter coat" as a protection against the cold. Straw or blister padding will be adequate. You would like to ensure that the plants will continue to grow in a healthy manner, then cut the plants at the end of March at a height of fifty centimetres as a minimum.

The evergreen grasses require a different type of maintenance or care. If these plants have a multitude of brown leaves and therefore are no longer attractive to look at, all the dead leaves may be removed, or the entire plant can be cut off at a height of 10 centimetres.

The new sprouting which will next be created will provide the plant with a fresh appearance. This facelift can be realised at any time throughout the year.

Planting out grasses is preferably done in the autumn so the plant has enough time to acclimatise for the winter so it has enough power in the spring to grow and bloom. Planting out grasses cannot be done during a period of frost

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