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How to Trim Ornamental Grass

By March 19, 2013

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"How do you trim ornamental grass?" is a question I get frequently. Most people understand that ornamental grasses such as zebra grass (picture) need a good "haircut," at some point, after they have turned brown. It's just a question of when.

picture of zebra grassWhile some tidy folks may prefer to trim ornamental grass at the end of autumn, to give the landscape that "clean-cut" look before winter sets in, I think more of us prefer to do it in spring. Heck, winter interest is one of the main excuses for growing ornamental grass.

So much for what might be considered the "when" part of the question. But as Marie Iannotti has recently pointed out in her blog, the question of method (i.e., the "how," properly speaking) may be worth considering, too -- if you want to avoid making a mess when you trim ornamental grass. Otherwise, your garden will end up looking like a barber shop floor, after a customer has just left!

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March 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm
(1) Kathleen Norris says:

Hey, the masking tape sounds perfect, never thought to do it that way!
As always I can count on you and Marie to convey all the very best tips in gardening. Both of you go beyond in explaining the “how to’s” and covering every aspect needed to accomplish great results. :)

March 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm
(2) landscaping says:

Thanks, Kathie.

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