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By Lisa from Cedar Hills


I planted an ornamental grass (ribbon grass) for the first time this year. Should I cut it back in the Fall? Does it need any special care?


This fall when your ribbon grass goes dormant, you can cut it back, usually after the first frost.

One helpful hint on ribbon grass is that it spreads very rapidly and widely. Since some grasses spread by root it is best to plant them in an area that is surrounded by a border that is 6-8" deep. One easy way that we have found is to find a pot or container the diameter you want that is at least 6-8" deep, cut the bottom off and bury the pot in the ground leaving the rim exposed. Plant the grass in the middle of that.
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