Pampas grass is a fast-growing plant that can reach a height of 8 feet in a single season. Prune it before the beginning of the growing season, and divide it every two to three years to allow new growth.Continue Reading
Wear long sleeves and gloves when pruning the grass, as it has sharp spines.
Lopping shears, hedge trimmers or an electric chainsaw all work to trim pampas grass, although the electric chainsaw is easiest to use and provides the best results, according to Columbia County News-Times. The grass, however, is sometimes too dense for electric hedge trimmers without forcing the blades through the growth.
Using your tool of choice, trim the stalks to approximately 1 foot. Unless you prune annually, it gets so dense it becomes hard to work.
Some owners of these plants like to burn the stubble after trimming to remove excess dead material, according to Columbia County News-Times. Gardening expert Walter Reeves, on the other hand, recommends trimming without burning.
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Avoid injuries caused by the sharp pampas grass blades by wearing a long sleeve shirts, long pants and leather gloves. Poke around the base of the grass to make sure no small animals are nesting. Use a chainsaw or long-handled loppers to cut the blades near the base, leaving 6 to 8-inch long stubs. Apply 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 fertilizer around the plant to promote healthy growth. Prune pampas grass annually to give room to new foliage.Full Answer >
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