How to Divide Pampas Grass


Your pampas grass will tell you when it is time to divide it. When you begin to see areas in the center of the grass clump that lack new growth, this indicates that the center of the clump has an excess of old growth that is preventing new growth from filling in. Help renew pampas grass by dividing it in the spring before the growing season begins.

Step 1

Spread the tarp near the pampas grass.

Step 2

Cut back all pampas grass foliage to approximately 4 inches above the soil level with the grass clippers. Discard the foliage.

Step 3

Dig the pampas grass clump from the soil with the shovel. Take care not to damage the roots as you dig it up. Place the clump onto the tarp.

Step 4

Situate the clump on the tarp so the crown of the clump faces up.

Step 5

Insert both the shovel and the garden spade into the top of the clump at the center point. Position the two tools so they face away from each other and you can pry them apart with leverage. Push the shovel and spade away from each other to divide the clump into two halves.

Step 6

Divide the two halves into half again using the same method so you have quarters.

Step 7

Examine the quarters carefully. If you see dead areas (from the center of the clump) cut these away with the utility knife. Remove any areas that appear unhealthy and discard these to your compost bin.

Step 8

Replant the new pampas grass clumps in a sunny location. Space the clumps at least 4 to 5 feet away from any other plants. Place the clumps in the soil at the same depth as they were previously growing. Provide a generous amount of water immediately after replanting the pampas grass.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gardening gloves, long pants and long sleeves as you tackle your pampas grass. The foliage of this ornamental grass easily irritates and may cut skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarp
  • Gardening gloves
  • Grass clippers
  • Shovel
  • Garden spade
  • Utility knife


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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.