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need help knowing how to cut back plant

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Orkin Yards, Feb 28, 2001.

  1. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    sorry for my ignorance, but here in MS we have a bush that is green and has long green leaves on it, no wood, and the edges of the leaves are like a razor blade, will cut you up if you brush it the right way, they put out white blooms that look kinda like something u'd use to dust curtains, my questions is HOW do you guys cut them back, i have to do that to my commercial accoutn and i was just wondering HOW you cut them back, like what tools, process etc...
  2. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Are you talking about Pampass Grass?
  3. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    that's what it is!
  4. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    I would use hedge trimmers or a machete and just cut it back when it gets overgrown.
  5. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    We will use hand shears (24inch blade) and then cut them back to about 6 inches from the ground. If you do this in the Fall it is best to burn the tips. Just set them afire for about a minute and then put them out. The next Spring they will flourish. If you cut them back in the Spring then DO NOT burn them.

    Hope this helps.
  6. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    I have 8 Pompass grass plants for a border in my back yd. Every March i cut them down to around four inches. Come spring they take off and by June there ten-feet tall and make a real nice border,my airedale terrier loves running around them. Marks Mowing Service
  7. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Kris, I need to cut two of these back soon. Both are approx. 8 ft. tall. If I cut them back to 6 inches how long will it take until they are back up and looking good. This lawn is in a high class section and I would like to make a good impression with the homeowner and the neighbors as well. These two plants are used to hide negative areas of the homes architechture. I only want to cut them back that far if they will regenerate quickly. Thanks for your help in advance.
  8. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    Pampas comes back REAL fast
    I just cut some last week w/ my new Stihl hedge trimmer. It made short wok of them. BUT they make a mess (to put it very lightly!)Clean up took more time than the actual cutting!
    I've used hand shears in the past and have gotten quite the workout, and broken my share of shears! I keep 'em no for back-up/sentimental reasons.
  9. Hunter Landscape

    Hunter Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    the way to generate new growth on many ornamental grasses is to take off the old growth in order to make room for the new growth. this pertains to pampas grass, liriope, mondo grass (if you wanna get that low) among others.
    for the pampas grass in question, i used my hedge trimmers to cut em way down. that is the easy part! the clean up is more difficult. these grasses should be cut back before new growth appears and never after new growth. if cut back after new growth appears the new foliage will show the "scars" of the "trimming".

    hope that may help ya.
  10. lakegastonla

    lakegastonla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    Dude, there is only one way to do this job! First, make sure you wear long sleeves and gloves, I don't care if it is 100 degrees outside! These things will eat you alive if you start getting in there to do the trimming. Second, USE A CHAINSAW!! This can be over with in five minutes. Cut straight across about six inches from the ground. Rake up the mess, throw it in a wheelbarrow and dispose of it.

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