Pruning Perennial Grasses

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Spring has officially begun and along the Wasatch Front, the gardening projects are starting. One very popular question we get this time of year is how and when to cut back perennial grasses. With the explosion in their popularity over the past years maintaining perennial grasses is a must for nearly every gardener. The nice part is this is a simple chore that pays dividends throughout the season.

Caring for Ornamental Grasses

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As new growth begins in early spring, it is an ideal time to groom warm and cool season grasses. Wear gloves and long sleeves as blades can be sharp and inflict wounds similar to but often worse than paper cuts. Begin by tying the dead foliage of large clumps together for easy clean up. For smaller grasses, cut the foliage off so that least 2 to 3 inches remain. For larger grasses, leave 4 to 5 inches remaining