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Ornamental Grasses in Your Landscape

Over the last several years, ornamental grasses have become very popular.

They offer so many advantages for your landscape. For instance, they add such a great texture to an otherwise dull lawn. Ornamental grasses come in so many different shapes, sizes heights and colors that they are a must for many gardeners.

It's always interesting that many people still call ornamental grasses pampas grass. Actually, pampas grass is only one of the hundreds of ornamental grass varieties and it sometimes has difficulty growing in this region.

Be careful about planting ornamental grasses in your landscape. By this, I mean be careful and read the description on the tag as to its growing characteristics. Some can certainly out grow their intended purpose.

One more thing, if you have ornamental grasses in your landscape, don't cut it back in the fall. The long brown dead leaves offer some great color and texture to your landscape during the winter months. What it looks like in the winter time is a real asset in having these ornamental grasses.

When spring time comes, prune them back to say 2-3 inches from the ground and give them a good dose of fertilizer.


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