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Old 04-22-2014, 10:01 AM
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Cutting Back Monkey Grass

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One of my clients has landscaped beds with overgrown monkey grass that hasn't been cut back in years. I know its supposed to be trimmed in late winter, but is it to late to cut it back to 3.5 inches? I am in the Northern Virginia area. Any help is much appreciated!

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Old 04-22-2014, 10:18 AM
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I'd hit it today; make good judgement call as to how much to take though. You can always take more!

It would also be a good time to up-sell as well. An overgrown Liriope bed can be "thinned" & transplanted to NEW or to "fill-in" thinner existing areas. Especially, right after trimming back.

I just mowed some in Ga. a week or 2 back.

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:01 AM
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My main concern is shocking the plant. Do you think mowing it with a 21 would be the easiest way with the cleanest cut compared to the string trimmer? Thanks!
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:31 AM
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We use hedge trimmers. You'll be fine
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:57 AM
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Hedge trimmer and dig some of it up if extra wide.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:24 PM
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run over it with the mower. easy and fast. it will grow back quickly.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:36 PM
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Never use a string trimmer. You'll be looking at ragged leave's for the rest of the year if you do.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:54 PM
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I too am in Northern VA in Chantilly. I did a yard cleanup/mulch install and had to cut down about 30 feet of pampas grass taller than me. I trimmed it down until I could see green shoots regenerating.
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also here in Northern VA in the Herndon/Reston area. We are still doing mulch jobs here so we are still trimming some liriope and monkey grass too. We arent dead heading them like in fall/winter, but we are trimming them back some until we can see the new green shoots so it doesnt look like crap with all the dead stuff. Never use a string trimmer. IMO the outcome looks like crap. Use a hedge trimmer or run it over with a mower if you can. We use hedge trimmers on all of ours though.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:03 PM
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Thanks for all the responses! I plan to cut it back to 4 inches with my Toro 21.
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