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Cutting down grasses?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by mkwl, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Ornamental grass clumps make good nesting areas for mice and voles during the winter. I cut them back every fall.
  2. salandscape

    salandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 168

    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.

    we you pruning shear for all kinds of perennial cut backs, cuts you time incredibly
  3. grapeford

    grapeford LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    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.
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,701

    So, you guys all use gas hedge trimmers to cut the grasses back? It won't damage the trimmer will it?
  5. jasonnau

    jasonnau LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    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.
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    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!
  7. gorknoids

    gorknoids LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 316

    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.
  8. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,178

    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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