Pruning ornamental grasses


Ornamental grasses create a beautiful landscape full of colour and texture. Some of these grasses can provide interest all year long, even if it dries and the leaves and seed fall, they still can be an attraction for the fall and winter seasons. The ornamental grass needs pruning once or twice a year so that it may look at its best and to encourage the growth of new ones.



Spring pruning means that you should ground your grass before new growth begines, around early spring. This important because with the cold climate from the winter the grass does not start growing until the middle of spring.

Some grasses do not require great pruning but this is a great time to start cleaning your plants before they start to grow. Cut off the tips of the evergreen grasses if they have become ragged or frayed. Remove dead grass stalks so that the plants may begin their growth with a new face.

Summer pruning helps maintain the shape and the height of the grass clump. If the grass becomes too tall cut it by up to one-third of their height because it they become too tall the wind will damage them. Also, you should avoid pruning once the heads have begun to form because then the grass will not be able to produce its seed heads in the fall.

Fall pruning is not necessary for the ornamental grass unless they present a winter threath. If you have this kind of grass growing near your garage it can be a fire hazard after it drys. For safety prune your grass 2 to 4 inches of the ground.

The middle of the winter is the perfect time to prune the dried grass in mild climates. In areas where there have not been many episodes of frost during the winter the grass will start growing at the end of the winter or at the beginning of spring. The grass should be cut at growned level in order for a new one to appear.

Grass left unpruned over the winter tends to look tired and broken in places because of their height, the wind which blows hard in the winter or because of the heavy snow which sits on them. You should prune them to the ground during the winter season in the start to look unhealthy of not being taken care of.

This is how you should prune your ornamental grass all season, all year round. If you want to have a healthy, beautiful grass this is what you should do.