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Old 11-17-2006, 10:21 AM
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Ornamental grass clumps make good nesting areas for mice and voles during the winter. I cut them back every fall.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:33 AM
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Keep in mind plumes are hollow and will hold water this may lead to rot. If it not in full sun I would not cut it back. Nothing will look worse than 1/3 of the grass rotting and looking lop sided.

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Old 11-17-2006, 10:29 PM
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I have tons of it in my own yard, cut it back. The dormant grass blows all over the place and it makes a mess. Some customers don't want it cut back until Spring, they like the look.... Whatever.
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:31 PM
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So, you guys all use gas hedge trimmers to cut the grasses back? It won't damage the trimmer will it?
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Old 11-18-2006, 12:31 AM
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No, it won't hurt the trimmers. Usually, you don't cut it at ground level unless it's really small. I cut about 4 inches up on it. You can leave it until spring, but you need to cut it back in March before it starts falling apart and blowing around everywhere. If you wait until Spring, make sure you cut it before the new growth starts up, not that it matters all that much, but the new growth won't be cut off at the top if you get it early. Definitely take some twine and tie it up first, it makes it a whole lot easier to get rid of. If you don't, it falls every which direction when you trim it. If you tie it up, it falls over, and you can pick it up at the twine and throw it away easy. As for fall trimming, I cut most back in the fall just so I don't have one more thing to do in the spring. It busy enough in the spring, I don't want to add more purning to the deal.
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:16 PM
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I just trimmed some the other day. Use your gas hedger cutter. Your blades should be fine. I did it with my echo and had no trouble!
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Old 11-26-2006, 05:46 PM
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Leave Them Up Until They Start Looking Ragged

They were (hopefully) planted as part of a plan, and cutting them off "just because" will leave holes in the design for a long time. I usually wait until new growth begins to show, and then cut about 2" above it. If something gets trashed in a storm or starts becoming a litter issue, it gets cut.
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:01 PM
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The best thing I found to cut grasses especially the large clumps is the Shindawa's blade that I put on a old straight shaft trimmer, it has I think 4 little chain saw type cutters on it and it slices through the clump like butter, Pompus Grass is the worst but it takes it down in no time at all.
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