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ERRRRRR customer BS

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by jbell113, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    A regular yearly customer calls me up and tells me I need to bring pruning shears because the tops of her Liriope is seeding and I need to cut them off by hand. She Says grab a hand full and clip them off. She says that the seeds at the top will drop off and spread. Is this true?

    Has any of you heard of this before or have you done this before.
  2. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    All flowering perennials will turn to seed and if left the seeds will eventually spill out and cause the specific perennial to spread. It is the same as thistle, catch thistle before it seeds or you will have much more the next year.

    We cut things down in the fall and if the area can be thickened up we sprinkel the seeds over the area, but where clear definition needs to be maintained we will try and remove as much of the seedheads before the seed drops.
  3. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    Up here in Ohio, if Liriope survives the winters, it only spreads by rhizomial activity, and very gradually at that. I think she's on the right track, but doesn't know why! What I suspect that you won't get, unless you prune the seedheads, is a strong flush of energy to the roots. Remember that any plant's seed creation (and flowering periods) take a great amount of energy, and diverting that to the roots in this instance may help next year's show.
  4. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    Ok , I appreciate your reponses.
  5. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    My response was not specific to liriope as I have no idea what that is, I was speaking more in general about perennials
  6. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    It's like "Monkey Grass". Ornamental grass.
  7. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Monkey Grass is Ophiopogon japonicus... not get be confused with Liriope muscari, or Liriope spicata etc.

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