Cut it down or let it grow?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by justgeorge, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. justgeorge

    justgeorge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    I'm a lawn care and irrigation guy, not a landscape guy. I'm doing a spring cleanup and I have a question on a couple of plants whether they should be cut down each year or let them grow. Attached are two pictures. I suspect the first one should be let grow and the second one should be cut down. Thanks!


  2. Fishin LCO

    Fishin LCO LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 143

    I think the sencond one is Fountain Grass a type of ornamental grass and should be could back every year early spring/late winter. The first one I have no idea on.
  3. spcfoor

    spcfoor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    The first one is called monkey grass or mondo grass. It should be cut back to about 3 or 4 inches each spring.
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Liriope and ornamental grasses can all be cut back.
  5. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    March is the season for cutting the grass back

  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Yes they should have been cut back awhile ago.But do it nows ok.take a weedwacker or gas hedge trimmer to the big ones and cut back to about 1' tall.wack the other back to 3" or less.
  7. justgeorge

    justgeorge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    Thanks everybody for the replies, I'll cut them back today.


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