How to Plant Ornamental Grasses in Soil


While it is often an easily overlooked portion of the home gardener's display, the grasses you choose can have a huge impact on the overall aesthetic quality of your garden. The grasses act as a border, a backdrop and a breaker for all of the other lovely specimens that populate your garden--and as such, it is important that they are as attractive as the rest of the scenery. To achieve this, you can mix in a few ornamental varieties of grasses along with your standard fare for some truly spectacular results.

Step 1

Select the type of ornamental grass seeds that will best suit your garden. A few common types that are popular with many gardeners include blue fescue, bunnytails and quaking grass. Any of these types of seeds are widely available at home and garden stores or nurseries.

Step 2

Choose a spot that gets full sunlight. Turn the soil with the rotary tiller, and get rid of any unsightly weeds. After tilling, apply a thin layer of fertilizer to the area, roughly a week prior to planting.

Step 3

Spread the ornamental grass seeds over the cultivated area liberally. Once you have a thorough layer of fresh seed, lightly cover them with the turned soil. Protect the seeds with a floating row cover--otherwise birds and other small animals might make a meal out of your ornamental grass before it ever gets a chance to grow.

Step 4

Remove the floating row cover once the ornamental grass seeds have begun to fully sprout. Water them regularly and trim the grasses back as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Ornamental grass seeds
  • Rotary tiller
  • Fertilizer
  • Floating row cover


  • Growing Ornamental Grasses
  • Grass Growing
Keywords: ornamental grasses, grass planting, grass seed

About this Author

Lucinda Gunnin is a trained and experienced print reporter with almost two decades of experience in the media business. She holds a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield and undergraduate degrees from Adams State College in Colorado. Gunnin has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines and has her fiction published in the anthology "Elements of the Soul."