Ornamental Grass Care


Bluegrass fescue, silver grass and a variety of other kinds of grass can add a unique character to a yard or garden. Also, ornamental grasses have a tendency to be very low-maintenance, and there are techniques you can use to shorten even further the time needed to care for ornamental grasses.


Ornamental grasses come in a large variety of types, such as bluegrass, blue fescue, blue lymegrass, reed grass, plume grass, fountain grass, silver grass, moon grass, switch grass, ribbon grass, prairie dropseed, quaking grass and rabbit's tail grass. While a lot of ornamental grasses survive well in dry areas, according to Colorado State University, switch grass, maiden grass, "Northern Lights" tufted hairgrass and feathered reed grass survive well in moist areas.


Keep the ornamental grass area weeded. Applying mulch to the soil will reduce the amount of weeds that grow around the ornamental grass. The presence of weeds forces gardeners to water and fertilize more often in order to replace fertilizer and water lost to the weeds.


Ornamental grass should be watered very thoroughly when it is first planted in order to help the it develop a good root system, according to the University of Illinois. After the grass has been established, watering is not necessary unless there is an extended drought.


Ornamental grasses do not need soil that is nutrient-rich. More nitrogen can be added to the soil when the ornamental grass does not look vibrant or droops. Use fertilizer that is equally balanced. One pound of all-purpose fertilizer can be used for every 100 square feet. Avoid fertilizing during the winter. According to the University of Illinois, using slow-release fertilizer in the spring will usually give the ornamental grass enough nutrients for the summer.


Ornamental grass should be allowed to grow taller during the winter because the blades of grass will provide insulation for the lower parts of the plant. According to the University of Illinois, gardeners who want their grass to grow earlier should cut back their grasses in the spring.


According to Colorado State University, ornamental grass needs three to five hours of sunlight in order to thrive. These plants are mostly able to survive pests, though aphids and mites can sometimes be destructive.

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