Trimming Ornamental Grasses – Spring Plant Care Tips

Spring is the time to trim your ornamental and native grasses.  You will want to get this done before the new growth begins.

Cut all of your grasses down to just a few inches above the ground.  You want to remove all of last year’s foliage to allow the new growth to emerge from the crowns.

Some grasses will start to grow right away, (like Karl Foerster), but be patient with Switch or Flame Grasses as they will not show signs of new growth until the soil warms up.  Spring is also the best time to divide your grasses if they have gotten to large.

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Pruning Hydrangeas

Spring is the best time to prune your hydrangeas before the new growth comes in.  This also helps maintain good plant health.

Know which type of hydrangea you have: Arborescens, Macrophylla and Paniculata.

 

Arborescens varieties include:  Annabelles, Snowhill and Invincibelle Spirit.

Endless Summer Hydrangea
Endless Summer Hydrangea

***   When pruning this variety, it is best to trim down to ground level.

 

Macrophylla varieties include:  Endless Summer and All Summer Beauties

  ***  You will want to cut back the winter damage and cut back the stems to live buds.                                                                         

 

Paniculata varieties include:  Pee Gee, Quick Fire, Tardiva, Limelight, Little Lime and Pinky Winky.

   ***  Do not just trim off the top of the shrub, prune back 1/3 of the shrub into the body of the plant.  Remove duplicate branches.

Another New Favorite

Endless Summer BloomStruck Bigleaf Hydrangea

Bloomstruck lives up to the promise of Endless Blooms and then some.

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The intense rose-pink, violet or blue flower heads average 3.5 – 5″ across and rebloom on old and new wood.  Striking red-purple stems with a glossy dark green leaf make this plant’s presence known in your landscaping.  Flowers are violet-blue to blue in acidic soil.

Attributes:

Height 3 – 4′

Spread 4 – 5′

Exposure Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Is A Great Time To Plant And The Colors Are Beautiful!

Autumn Blaze Maple

Fall is a great time to plant. Days are shorter, the ground is generally moist, stress on plants is less, and the amount of time you need to water your new plants is reduced. Substantial root growth will occur in late fall, so even if leaves have fallen off of the trees and shrubs, roots will continue to grow until the ground freezes. Keeping this in mind, trees and shrubs can be planted well into November. 

Give us a call or stop on in and we can get started on next year’s beauty!