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How to Care for Your Ornamental Grasses.

Site Location: Grasses grow in a wide range of growing conditions. From wet to dry, sun to shade -- choose the grass to fit your location and it will give you seasons of low maintenance enjoyment.

Water: Many grasses exhibit drought tolerance once established, however, regular water for the first two months until established will benefit all ornamental grasses.

Fertilizer: It is best not to fertilize your ornamental grasses. Fertilizer creates soft, succulent growth that results in a weaker plant that tends to flop over and needs staking.

Maintenance: Cut back deciduous (warm season) grasses in early spring (1st of March) before new growth begins. They can be sheared to within a few inches of the ground. If your grass is evergreen (cold season) and shows tattered or brown tips -- a light trim -- 1/3 of the grass height is all they need.

Propagation: Some grasses will re-seed in your garden -- if this is a concern -- cut back inflorescence (flowers) before they mature and shatter. Grasses respond well to division -- which should be done during active growth. Consult a reference for the best time for your particular grass.


Additional References:
"The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses"
  by John Greenlee

"The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses"
  by Rick Darke

"The Plantfinder's Guide to Ornamental Grasses"
  by Roger Grounds

"Gardening with Grasses"
  by Michael King & Piet Oudol