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What you need:
  • Sharp hedge shears, hand pruners, or a power trimmer
  • Twine
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection(when using a power trimmer)
  • Long shirt
Popular ornamental grasses such as Eulalia Grass (Miscanthus), Switch Grass (Panicum) and Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster') are cut back in early spring because the foliage and flower stalks of grasses add winter interest to the garden. In addition, the dense leaves protect the plants from extreme cold temperatures.
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Southern gardeners remove the flower heads of Eulalia Grass in summer to prevent the spread of tenacious seedlings. In the north, the seeds usually don't ripen so this isn't a problem. In extremely dry areas, local fire regulations may require fall pruning.
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Tying together bunches of foliage or having someone hold them makes for an easier and neater job. Plus, tied bundles make for easy disposal.
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Your hedge shears or hand pruners must be sharp to cut through the thick, coarse stems. Landscapers often resort to using electric hedge shears or weed trimmers outfitted with blades. Thick gloves and long-sleeved shirts are advised as some grasses have keen-edged leaves that can easily cut the unsuspecting gardener. Cut the entire clump back in stages, to about 6" or 12" depending on the age of the plant. Remove the pruned materials and any dead leaves that can be easily pulled out by hand.