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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Horsepower Lawns, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Horsepower Lawns

    Horsepower Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I was asked to cut this down, but they want it to grow back next year. I told the lady I would see when to cut it, after I found out what it is. I have looked but can't find the answer.


  2. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Some type of ornamental grass. I would say it probably gets cut back during the spring like pampas grass. But don't hold me to it.
  3. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    yup cut that bad boy down short, it will grow back dont worry.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Appears to be a switch grass of sorts. Possibly a Shenandoah switch grass.

    You can cut it down now if you want to, it will grow back. Most ornamental grasses are kept through the winter and cut down in late winter to early spring.

    Some people will cut theirs down this time of year, only because they sometimes get messy when the wind blows in the winter.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    i would wait till after the first frost when it browns out then cut it. easiet way ive found to do it is to wrap it with duct tape in 2 places then cut it with your hedge trimmers about 5-6 inches from the ground.
  6. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    That's an ornamental grass, cut it down after it turns that wheat colour, because as it is right now its still producing photosynthesis--which is how its getting its energy. If you leave it intact until it turns that wheat colour you're allowing it to gain as much energy as it can before going dormant.
  7. Horsepower Lawns

    Horsepower Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    Thanks for the help guys.
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776


    Looks like you might want to up-sell the customer and try to do a simple cut edge and mulch to create a bed around the screen porch.

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