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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenman, Feb 9, 2003.

  1. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    I know that a few varities of Liriope kinda turn yellow when it gets cold. I have this one property that the liriope seems to be yellow almost all the time,except for spring and summer. I trim it down every year but by the end of the season it is yellow again. Any suggestions? Is this normal for some species of Liriope?

    I tried to post a pic, but its always too big.
  2. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 264

    How is the leaf yellow? Is it yellow at the tip, or is it mottled yellow, etc.?
  3. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    This decorative plant goes semi-dormat in the winter months, depending where you live. Once cold weather arrives, it should be cut back to the ground. When the growing season returns, new shoots will appear and the plant will resume it's normal look.
  4. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Ok, maybe this is a different variety that is commom around here. The monkey grass around here NEVER turns yellow and is always a deep green with shoots of berries in the summer. The stuff on this particular property, has never or almost never had any berries, that I can recall anyway. My thoughts were maybe this stuff is over crowded and has no room to grow anymore.

    Maybe I can send a couple of pics to someone to review?

    I just had a wild thought,LOL. Has anyone ever aerated a bed or beds that were full of thick Liriope to loosen the soil?:D

    I cant seem to reduce the pics to post, but I will try again later.
  5. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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  6. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    I finally got them to post.:mad:

  7. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    If the first pic was a close up of turfgrass blades I'd say leaf spot. Anyway, here in S. Jersey, all liriope changes color during the winter months. We cut back early spring either w/ clean-ups or when mulching.

  8. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    The first pic is a very close, close up of the liriope.
    The second pic is from a distance and its a blurred somewhat,hard to tell.
  9. thartz

    thartz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 486

    I was told that if you don't cut liriope back that it can rot from the inside out due to the center of the plant retainig too much moisture.You guys get the same info?
  10. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    on the subject of cutting it back...i have one place that has tons of it ...not the easiest stuff to cut back..do you use hand shears?
    the power hedge shears dont work well on it...

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