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Perennial Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses are not lawn grasses, but rather clumps of magnificent prairie or marsh grasses that are available in various heights, sizes, colors and textures. The unique texture, color and movement of ornamental grass creates interest and beauty in the garden throughout the year, and they require very little maintenance. The majority of ornamental grasses available are perennial, meaning they will come back year after year in the garden. The only maintenance required is typically in the spring, when the past years dried foliage is trimmed back, to make room for the new growth.
Site location: Since ornamental grasses come in a wide range of sizes from 4 inches tall to over 6 feet tall, make sure you are aware of what the maximum size of your variety of grass will be, when choosing a planting location.
Exposure: A few ornamental grasses will tolerate shade, but most require full sun to flourish, and to develop feathery plumes during the growing season.
Soil Type: A few varieties of grasses that are considered to be 'marsh' grass can tolerate wet or overly moist soil, but generally most ornamental grasses are drought tolerant, and require well-drained soil. Caution, in compacted soils, even the root systems of the most drought-tolerant plants will not develop, therefore you will need to add organic matter into the planting area to improve drainage and increase oxygen levels.
Irrigation Requirements: Water grasses on a regular basis during the first growing season to help them get established, and to promote a more advanced root system. Deep watering once or twice a week is more beneficial to the plant than lightly watering the surface soil very day.
Fertilization: Ornamental grasses do not require a high fertility level, and can sustain tip burn when nitrogen levels are too high. Fertilize once a season in the late spring as new growth emerges with a balanced organic slow-release fertilizer.
When to Trim: Trim back ornamental grasses in the spring once the new growth has just started to emerge. Do not trim back flush with the soil level as this can damage the crown of the plant. When trimming back ornamental grass, leave 6 inches of the prior years growth showing. This will protect the plant and will act as a florist 'frog' to help hold up the new growth.
TIP: Plant hardy perennials such as Echinacea, Nepeta Walkers, Low Catmint, Rudbeckia Goldsturm and Achillea (Yarrow) with ornamental grasses to create a low maintenance, deer resistant perennial garden.