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When we talk about ornamental grasses, we refer to plants with a grass-like appearance and actual grasses. As this term hints, these grass types are known for being used in landscaping due to their exciting textures, colors, etc. Most of these grasses are considered perennials. However, they can be annual, too, especially if they aren't hardy enough for the climate in which they grow. Their growing habits allow us to divide them into two categories: spreading and clumping. Spreading ornamental grass can expand fast by its stems. Be careful when you opt for such grass type: it can overtake other plants in the garden. Clumping grasses – as the name suggests – grow in a clump.
If you don't know the name of the ornamental grass that grows in your yard, don't worry, identification won't be that hard! Do the same thing everyone does before buying any outdoor plant: research the plant. Read about the conditions it prefers and in which type of soil it tends to grow. All this collected information will help you to understand what kind of ornamental grass grows in your garden.
Feather Reed Grass can be considered the most popular one. It is connected to the fact that, unlike most ornamental grasses that fade after blooming, this variety looks gorgeous all year round! Its narrow leaves can be about 3 ft (1m) tall. Flower spikes are another thing that makes this grass interesting; they are of pink and purple colors. Another great thing about Feather Reed Grass is that it is hardy and easy to take care of.
Pink Muhly Grass is known for being very easy to grow and take care of it. This ornamental grass that also produces pinkish flowers can reach a height of about 3 ft (1m) and look incredibly stunning at the end of summer. Consider growing this grass if you live somewhere with a warm or hot climate because, in such conditions, this grass will thrive! Pink Muhly Grass can tolerate a lot, from drought to growing in part shade (however, in such a place, it probably won't bloom), but extreme cold and high humidity are a big no for it.
Most ornamental grasses require similar care.
Different varieties have different water needs, but most of them will be happy to have one thorough watering a week. The perfect type of irrigation is applying water directly to the roots.
Decorative grasses need minimal fertilizer and can even get by without it. Before feeding, you need to consider the soil type and choose the most suitable fertilizer.
Dividing is very important for decorative grasses. Remember to do it every three-four years when the grass clumps reach a convenient size. This procedure is necessary to help the grass reproduce evenly and avoid thinning of the bushes.
Many varieties require cutting at the end of the new season. Mostly it is done in early spring or late winter. The most prevalent method of pruning decorative grass is to cut stems a few inches above the ground. Use any instrument you like – from pruners to weed eaters.
When to plant ornamental grass? Spring or fall is the best time for planting the grass since it's the perfect period for establishing a strong root system.
What is the best place To plant decorative grass plants? Plant it somewhere it can receive full sun.
Do ornamental grasses need to be cut back every year? It depends on which decorative grass plant you have. If you have deciduous grass, it needs to be cut back annually. Evergreens need it less.
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