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Ornamental Grass Care

Ornamental grass care should begin with fertility. Apply a slow release fertilizer in the spring as plant growth resumes to enable the grass to exhibit its upright qualities. Keeping a low level of fertility will keep lodging to a minimum. Water the fertilizer in thoroughly.

The next step is water application. Established plants do not need regular watering, but they may need supplemental water during a period of drought. Ornamental grasses are quite hardy and do not need a great deal of additional moisture.

Next, is controlling weeds. Newly established plants need cultivation around the plants to control weeds. Applying mulch will greatly reduce the need for cultivation. Ornamental grass care can be minimized by the application of mulch. The mulch also helps retain moisture around the grass.

For the winter, ornamental grass care is minimal. Leave the grass standing for winter interest. Early in the spring, before grasses begin to grow, cut the plants back to 4-6 inches in height. Remove the cut foliage. The foliage removal will allow for earlier growth by promoting warmer soil temperatures.

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  • Planting Ornamental Grasses

    The narrow purplish brown inflorescences contrast well against the green foliage during mid to sometimes late summer.Planting ornamental grasses successfully begins with soil preparation on a site that has good drainage. Ideally, the soil should be prepared in the fall. Begin by deep tilling the soil. The fall tillage improves the soil till workability. Spring tillage for planting ornamental grasses is also satisfactory.

    Ornamental grasses do not require large amounts of fertilizer. Soil that is high in organic matter is preferred. Amend the soil, if needed, with ample organic matter, while tilling the soil. Small amounts of a general-purpose fertilizer can also be added while tilling. Continue reading

  • Landscaping With Ornamental Grasses

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOrnamental landscape grasses vary in size, shape, color and texture in both foliage and inflorescence (seed head). Ornamental grass landscaping makes use of mature plants that range in height from 6 inches to 14 or more feet. Grass forms vary from low mounding to fountain shaped to tall vertical. Foliage color includes shades of green, yellow, blue, red, brown and variegated (green and white mixed).

    Ornamental grass landscaping takes advantage of the displays of grasses that change foliage color in the fall. Fall colors of straw yellow, orange, red or purple are available. Landscape grass foliage texture varies from fine to coarse (blade width from 1/8 to 1/2 inch). Continue reading

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