How to Grow Deergrass


Deergrass is a flowering ornamental grass that grows in clumps, which can grow up to 6 feet tall, but typically 2-4 feet tall. Deergrass thrives in USDA Hardiness zones 7 to 10, however, they can be grown in cooler zones with success. Plant deergrass in the fall or spring.

Step 1

Plant in full sun, especially in the lower zones. Deer grass can tolerate partial shade or full sun in the higher zones.

Step 2

Be sure the soil is well-draining. Add compost or mulch to the soil before backfilling the hole.

Step 3

Dig holes that are just as deep as the container, but two times as wide. Remove the deergrass out of the container and place it in the center of the hole. Use the soil (with the compost or mulch) to fill in the hole. Pack it down tightly to avoid any voids or air pockets.

Step 4

Water every couple of days for the first month and then every week the first summer. Afterwards, water every 2-3 weeks during the summer during dry spells.

Step 5

Use a fertilizer specifically designed for deergrass. Fertilize in the spring and follow label instructions as each brand has different potencies and release rates.

Step 6

Cut back deergrass within a few inches of the ground late fall or early spring. Remove any dead leaves as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost or mulch
  • Fertilizer
  • Water


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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.