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Old 05-05-2011, 11:23 PM
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Trimming ornamental grass

I have a bunch of Sand Cord grass that is out of control with growth. Its hanging over parking spaces and too far onto sidewalks. I have no experience with trimming it. My one guy said you just hack it back, but I'm worried as I have seen grass die this way. Also if thats the way to do it can they be trimmed this time of year? Its very hot and dry. I have a feeling this stuff grows fast so maybe I will be trimming a lot throughout the season.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:47 PM
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You have to trim most ornamental grasses back periodically or they get thatchy and start to decline. In particular, purple fountain, fakahatchee,etc. I am sure you can cut back the cord grass as well to flush out new growth. I use hedge shears to cut grasses back.
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:40 AM
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:14 AM
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Diamond is correct and a pair of power hedge trimmer is sometimes the only answer. However combing Ornamental Grass with Pitch Fork on a regulator bases can keep it looking great.
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:43 AM
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I spent several hours cutting back ornamental grass at a large botanic garden yesterday. We used a trimmer with a saw blade designed for brush. Cut back to 6 inches tall. May I suggest you tie it up in a bundle and then cut with hedge shears or power equipment. Throw the bundles on a trailer to haul away. Tough going. Some ornamental grass are tough--they don't cut easily.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:47 PM
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I decided against totally cutting back (at least right now) but rather trimming the sides up, the grass is just planted too close to the parking lot. Its gonna be a mess we have aprox. 250 to trim Monday.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:31 PM
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we do it like this . have i guy bend it over & the other guy with hedge trimmers
cut it off just at the thickest part low. that means if your trimmers wont go thru
raise your blades . next have a rope stretched out on the ground with a loop in 1 end. the guy that is bending the plant over take them in one bundle as they're
cut stack em on the rope. when you have a load take the rope and run it thru the loop to make a laso and haul it away. saves alot of cleanup time
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:34 PM
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Diamond is correct and a pair of power hedge trimmer is sometimes the only answer. However combing Ornamental Grass with Pitch Fork on a regulator bases can keep it looking great.
Almost hate when someone gives away the "secrets"
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:15 PM
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Almost hate when someone gives away the "secrets"
No biggie I found a trick from one of my guys, take your legs and pinch the grass, grab it with your hands twist, and the guy with the hedge trimmer chops it off.

OOPS did I say that? Guess so, oh well shoot me.

Also helps to have razor sharp trimmer to start with, the dull fast esp on saw grass.
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:05 AM
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Diamond is correct and a pair of power hedge trimmer is sometimes the only answer. However combing Ornamental Grass with Pitch Fork on a regulator bases can keep it looking great.
Ric good call on the pitchfork. Used one today on some grasses and it worked great.
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