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I have 2 different varieties in my yard...
Should they be cut down over the winter months???
 
Posts: 64 | Location: Hbg, PA USA | Registered: Apr 22, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Two different varieties....what are they.

Many ornamental grasses are cut back in late winter or early spring.
A note of caution;, some of these grasses are noted for having sharp leaves able to do a lot of hand damage; be sure to wear gloves when handling them.
 
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If you want some winter interest, leave them for now and cut them back in the spring. If you want your yard nice & neat, then go ahead and cut them back.


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Posts: 7843 | Location: Black Creek, WI Zone 5 | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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One I am told is a "snake grass"...It has bands of dark brown on the green "stalks". Both varieties have a really neat "plume" at the top right now... I just don't want them to get....damaged due to snow. We had some heavy rain in the past month and it really has them spread out and laying on the ground.
 
Posts: 64 | Location: Hbg, PA USA | Registered: Apr 22, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Wind and rain will do that. Snow will bring the stalks down, but if they're completely dried, they won't spring back up like an evergreen tree. And, if they're completely dried, you can cut them back.


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Posts: 7843 | Location: Black Creek, WI Zone 5 | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Everyone I have talked with and learned from, botanists, horticulturists, knowledgeable gardeners, has told me that ornamental grasses should not be cut down until early spring.
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1238.html


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Posts: 8173 | Location: Twin Lake, MI USA | Registered: Aug 19, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Yes, early March for me in my area.
I have bunny ear ferns and too many liriope and some rush to be cut. Late winter/early spring.
 
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