transplanting/splitting ornamental grasses

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by knuckles, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. knuckles

    knuckles LawnSite Member
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    When can I split ornamental grasses? I work on a golf course and we are about to remove about 25 large Miscanthus. Many are in excess of 36 inches in diameter and I would like to use these plants for use in some upcoming landscaping installs.
     
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sure you can ,just use a very sharp blade on your shovel and a machete.Tie up the blades of the grass so you can see what your doing .Dig out soil around one part of the grass,then cut the section out with your shovel and put it in wet burlap or sheet or tarp and transplant asap.Keep as much soil around roots as possible and keep wet tell planted.OH and you need to recover the plants roots that you took the section from with soil before you go.
     
  3. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I have done it I dug up the entire plant and rootball then sat it on its side and split it that way. I had no luck splitting from the top down. Maybe it is easier to do in California.
     
  4. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
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    ...and I would say now is the best time to split them unless you want to wait until late fall.
     
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Harharhar your funny gqnine44,I don't cut from the top I cut from one side into middle and across.
     
  6. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i cut fron the top! I cut the grasses down to about 8" or so, dig the whole thing out, place it on a tarp or something (so as not to loose too much soil), then take my edging shovel and split in to 4 pieces kinda like a pie. You don't have to be gentle with orn grass. Grab a shovel and hack away! this is the easiest way IMO.

    Chris

    Chris
     
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea that's what I said in the 1st place!!almost
     
  8. knuckles

    knuckles LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info. I'm going to give it a try this week.
     
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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