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Looking After Ornamental Grasses

This week, we have another how-to guide for you to pass onto your clients when you have finished designing the perfect landscape. Looking after grass throughout the year requires minimal effort. However, it is essential if your client plans of keeping the garden in top shape once your job is done. With that in mind, here is a complete breakdown of how your clients should care for their grasses.

Looking After Ornamental Grasses, whether it be Evergreen or Deciduous

When thinking about pruning, there are basically two types of ornamental grasses. Firstly, you have the evergreens with foliage that thrives throughout the year. Then, you have the deciduous, whose growth dries to a beige brown colour, yet remains standing throughout the winter. Of course, most of the work not be done until spring. It will be easy for your client to tell which is what.

Tools your Client may need for Looking After Ornamental Grasses

There are many tools your client can choose from for pruning their ornamental grasses. There is not much competition between the choices, so it all comes down to personal convenience. However, larger areas may benefit more from electrical trimmers to speed up the job.

When to Cut Deciduous Grasses

Though we’re already into summer, it is important that your clients know to begin cutting their deciduous ornamental grasses in Spring. March is often best, but it does depend on the weather. Your clients should be keeping an eye out for new shoots coming through. Just like lawns, cutting new growths along will the old will not harm the plant.

Cutting back Old Stems

When cutting back the growth from the previous year, your client should be aware that it is ideal to cut as close to the ground as possible. Doing so will leave plenty of room for the new shoots to grow through quickly.

Bare Ground and New Shoots

Just after the grasses have been cut back is the quietest period. However, early season plants such as poppies are already beginning to appear. It will not be long before the ground is covered with fresh green growth from the grasses, something your clients can look forward to seeing in a years’ time.

Raking Evergreens

The easy thing about evergreens is that for the first few seasons, they require minimal efforts to be well maintained. However, a quick rake through or tidy next spring is something your clients should consider. Doing so removes the worst of old leaves and flowers.

Cutting Back Evergreens

After a few seasons, evergreen can appear a little bit tired, despite raking out the worst of the old foliage. This is the time your client should be cutting back the old growth. However, this must be done in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing.

Making a Hedgehog

Cutting back, especially for plants such as Festuca Elijah Blue, can be rather difficult for your clients. Creating a hedgehog of cut-back stems should begin re-shooting within almost a matter of days.

Straw-like Tops

With some evergreens such as Anemanthele lessoniana (also known as Stupa Arundinacea), they can get rather straw-like on the top after a few seasons. They can be cut back, but your client must know that this must be done when the plant is actively growing. Therefore, the best time is probably in spring or early summer.

New Plants by Seed

Some plants, such as Anemanthe lessoniana, will seed if they are happy. The seedlings will eventually take over from the original plant which can then be removed.

Dividing Grasses

Depending on the type of grass, whether it be short or long-lived, they can be divided every so often. This will keep them looking young and fresh for a much longer period of time. Ensure that your clients know to do this on a regular basis to help their garden flourish once your work is done.

Making New

Plants of a certain size, such as a miscanthus, may not need dividing so often but can be lifted and split in half to make more. If your client wishes to do this, it is important to remind them to avoid splitting the grass into too small pieces. Spring is the ideal time for the division as this is the time when the plants are just waking up.

Contact Ladybrook Nursery

Having your clients aware of how they can take care of their plants, whether it be grasses or flowers, you will be offering them more value from your service. Until then, you need the right plants for your landscaping requirements. Get in touch with Ladybrook Nursery for more information.

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