Q. Should ornamental grasses be cut back in the fall?
Many grasses have beautifully structured flowers and leaves. Even if these parts of the grass are dead, they can be kept unpruned through the winter for a dramatic effect. Also, dead leaves can help protect the grass from frost damage.
In late spring the dead stalks can be cut close to the ground with sharp secateurs (pruners), taking care not to damage any new shoots. It is wise to cut about halfway down first, so that the growing part can be easily seen.
Evergreen grasses and sedges do not need pruning; just remove any dead flowers and leaf stalks.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service
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