- Before cutting, wrap twine around the clump of stems to keep them bundled together. This makes clean-up much easier.
- For thin stems, a weed trimmer makes the job faster. Brush cutters with a metal saw blade work well for thicker stems. For seriously thick grasses, bring out the chain saw - but use the top of the bar, so as not to clog the machine.
- Burning off the dead foliage now won't hurt the plant, but only do this if the fire danger is low and the grass is not located near structures.
Perhaps reading about ornamental grasses makes you want to plant some more this spring! Here are some highlights from past trials at K-State. Exciting new cultivars and "nativars" (cultivars of native plants) are always coming on the market. Ornamental grasses are a critical part of landscapes that are functional (low water use, good stormwater management, native habitat) as well as decorative, and we will continue to see more and more of them in the future.