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Pampas Grass

March 2012

QuestionMy pampas grass is still green. Usually, I cut it down to a mound about 4 or 5 inches high. Should I do the same this year even though it is not brown and dead looking.


AnswerYou aren’t alone. Our mild winter has most pampas grass staying at least half green. However, to make way for the new growth, I would still cut back the old. Pull back the old growth to see how tall the new growth is, and cut above that. You don’t have 100% green, but it is much greener than normal.

February 2010

QuestionHow and when do you prune Pampas grass--or do you?


AnswerYes you do. Pampas grass, along with all ornamental grasses should be cut back before new growth begins. Pampas grass can be tough to cut. Some folks use a chain saw, (reversing the blade direction seems to make it easier), while others use hedge trimmers. You won’t be able to cut it flush with the ground, but taking off the majority of the old foliage will give you a healthier and cleaner plant. Do it every year in late February to early March.


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