After ornamental grass has displayed great winter interest to the landscape, it is finally time to cut it back for new growth. Use sharp hedge shears for a clean cut about 4-6 inches from the soil level.
Did your grass become overcrowded and lose some vigor? You can also divide grasses after trimming them back by digging out the entire clump and cut through the core with a sharp spade or knife. Make sure each division has enough roots attached to survive, then replant as soon as possible.
Do you want to add more vertical interest? There are many types of both cool and warm-season grasses, with various heights, structure and colors to choose from. Most look best when planted in groups, but don’t be afraid to experiment!
Ornamental grasses also include close relatives such as sedges, rushes and hardy bamboo. Check back throughout the growing season, we have sea of grasses to offer!
Originally published on January 1st, 2012. Updated on September 4th, 2019.