|Maiden Grass 'Yaku Jima'|
Since new growth occurs on the outside edges of the root crown, the center of ornamental grasses often start to die out as the grass matures. If your grasses are starting to hollow in the center before winter it may be time to divide them. Early Fall and early Spring are the best times for this procedure. This must be done when the grasses are actively growing so the earlier in fall the better. If you should decide to divide your larger grasses an axe or hacksaw may come in handy. Use a sharp spade to completely dig around the perimeter of the grass and lift up out of the ground. This may take some muscle and may require a couple of extra hands! Now depending on the size of the grass you can use either an axe, hand saw or a gas powered saw to divide it into cleanly cut pieces for planting. Dig a large enough hole to allow the roots to spread and plant the new clumps of grass at exactly the same height as they were planted before. Remove any loose pieces, add mulch for protection from cold and water in thoroughly.
|Sedum & Fountain Grass 'Hameln'|
|Stella D Oro Daylily|
Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening Copyright 2010. All Rights Reserved.