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I hate cutting this stuff back. I have one of our commercial properties that has this stuff all over and its big and mature.Both my helpers will be on another job next week and I;ll have to do this cleanup by myself. Usually I'll cut them back with the gas hedge shears.

Have any of you tried tying they up like we do ornamental grasses before we cut them?

I;m all ears for an easier approach to cutting this miserable stuff....thanks
 

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Most types of lirope once they get over grown the best choice is to dig them up , seperate them and replant. But with mondo (Monkey) grass you can just cut it way back and it will grow back
 

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BW4486 hit it square on.

They dig up relatively easily, seperate very easily and look fantastic with a bit of space between em.

There will be a lot of em left over to be transplanted or transported to another site
 

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Best way I've found is about a 10% glyphosate solution sprayed over the top in a very liberal manner.:D

If that's not acceptable, mowing is the only way I know how. Our hedge shears don't do well in the stuff....


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We cut alot of Loriope back last week. I used primarily hedge trimmers and it took its toll on my already bad back bending over holding 30 inch trimmers all day. Weed wackers work but make more of a mess in the process. Thank god we are almost done with spring cleanups. My back cant take any more!!!
 

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I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT REMEMBERING TO POST THIS .....this stuff is normally a back bending hassle....well yesterday I said screw this and got out the split shaft echo...bored a larger hole for the .10 shin ripping line....and went at it....again, this was BIG liriope..at least a foot across and thick

this is not BS...I first trimmed it vertically getting the outside growth knocked off (be VERY careful. as this line is wicked)...raked it out...then went back at the tops...raked it out...then did a final trim....30 plus BIG lirope cut, trimmed, neat , and tarped to the trailer in less than 1 hour.....and thats no bull.....

just wanted to share this with all of you who have been so helpful to me over the past few years....try it....you might be amazed how well this works......I;m actually kind of proud of myself in that those of you who know me know that I'm not one to push the limits on a particular tool application.....amazing what some of our tools will do for us....did I lower my price,,,,NO,...but watch your face/teeth...this line is not people friendly
 

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i use a stihl weedeater with an articulating hedge trimmer attachment. rotate hedge trimmer to ground level and trim away. i just trimmed around 200ft. of monkey grass in about 30 min. and never had to bend over until time to rake it up. one of the best pieces of equipment i have bought to date..... clay
 

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I used to cut it by hand with hedge shears. No more. Mow it with the lawnboy, rake it up.
Bam. Done. Looks just as good, or better.
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no I dont think its monkey grass...I think that stuff is mostly down South...I have a customer who calls it monkey grass but I dont think it is...but this was BIG liriope...I cant imgaine my helpless Honda 21 being able to mow this Crawdad without stalling out but I believe you
 

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Monkey grass is smaller than most other types of lirope. It sounds like your probally talking about Evergreen Giant.That variety can get huge and I wouldn't recomend trying to mow it.
You can trim it up w/ hedge trimmers or shears but eventually you will have to pull it up, seperate it and replant it.
 

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This grass you are talking about seems to be Giant Green Liriope. This grass is hard to cut, and not with a mower,You got the right tool. Gas hedge trimmers.
We cut them looking like they had a bur. This thin out the top and sides. There is no other way unless you thin them out.

They look good with a big blue flower out there heads.

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If it flowers, it's liriope. If it's large, it's giant liriope. The mondo is the monkey grass, smaller and no flowers.

Shindaiwa all the way. GarPa did the same as I do, knocks it out.
 

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Your probably talking about 'Big Blue'

Monkey grass is what alot of non plant people call it.

I have one customer that calls it "LerEoPe"

Mondograss is the short groundcover version of liriope, spreads, 'big blue' and the likes don't do too much spreading, just get bigger and need to be chopped in half.

Just wackem back with the weed eater. Its hard to kill these things. They love a good short spring haircut.
 

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Originally posted by GarPA
no I dont think its monkey grass...I think that stuff is mostly down South...I have a customer who calls it monkey grass but I dont think it is...but this was BIG liriope...I cant imgaine my helpless Honda 21 being able to mow this Crawdad without stalling out but I believe you
That's why I use the lawnboy, not the honda. Hey, if it's "giant whatever" I'll use a bigger mower. I got 'em in all sizes.
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