When shouldn't you cut grass?

Cutting ornamental grasses: Best in spring

Status: 02/24/2021 3:39 p.m.

Before ornamental grasses sprout again in spring, they should be cut back. So new shoots are not injured. It is then also possible to divide the plants.

Ornamental grass is also an eye-catcher in winter, as it is one of the few plants that set accents in the garden, alongside evergreens such as conifers or winter bloomers. The shoots that are left to protect the plant from cold and moisture, so most types of grass should only be cut in early spring.

Cut only deciduous grasses

Pennisetum is deciduous and cut back completely when it has dried up.

When pruning, a distinction is made between evergreen and deciduous plants. The latter include, for example, popular grasses such as Chinese reeds, mosquito grass, pennon cleaner grass, switchgrass and pampas grass. Their stalks turn brown and dry up in autumn. These plants sprout again in spring and the old stalks have to be removed. However, evergreens such as sedges should not be cut. Here only leaf tips damaged by frost or dead stalks are removed.

Cut back the grasses before they shoot

The right time to prune is at the latest when the first stalks sprout again. If you wait too long, you may inadvertently cut the fresh shoots and the plant will no longer grow so lush. So it's better not to use sharp scissors too late and cut the plants down to a few centimeters above the ground. It is essential to wear gardening gloves, the sharp-edged leaves can lead to cuts.

Divide ornamental grasses in spring for propagation

Spring is also a good time to multiply the grasses by dividing them. To do this, expose the plant a little with a spade or the digging fork and boldly cut through the root area with the spade. Plant the separated half again in a different location in the garden. In this way new plants can be obtained quickly, easily and free of charge. In addition, the grasses often sprout better after they have been divided.

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NDR 1 Lower Saxony | Gardening tips | 02/27/2021 | 11:05 a.m.