We believe that you all familiar with ornamental grass. It is usually grown around the garden with some flowers in order to make the shrub or other plants look more beautiful. Before starting to plant it, you need to know better about their types. Ornamental grasses are divided into several types and the most popular are Pampas Grass, Fountain Grass and Ribbon Grass. Besides, there are other varieties like Switch Grass, Indian Grass and Fescue.
The most ideal time to plant ornamental grass is in the springtime. It will give a benefit to provide an ample time for the grassâ€™s root system to become established before the winter freeze. But, the ornamental grass can be also planted in the early fall. Make sure to leave enough space between plants when you find a location for growing your ornamental grass. It will let the plant for full foliage growth and most of them couldnâ€™t reach the full size until about three years.
After a quick learning on the types of ornamental grass, weâ€™ll go on to next subject of how to plant ornamental grasses. First off all, you need to prepare a locating by deeply cultivating the soil where the grasses will be grown. You can add organic compost if it is needed, depending on the soil type and condition. Then start to dig a hole at least twice the size of the grassâ€™s root ball. Put your ornamental grass into the hole, but remember it shouldnâ€™t deeper than its original container. Fill the plant with the water and after it drains down, refill it with soil, tamp down and then water it again.
After finish planting, you still need to water your ornamental grass consistently until the roots have become established. Be sure to water it at least an inch of water per week during the first year. For supporting the growth, you can fertilize the grass every spring using a slow-release fertilizer and surround the plant with mulch in the fall. It could protect the root during winter.
The next step is pruning; your ornamental grass should be pruned in the early spring. Some varieties of ornamental grasses die off completely from year to year and these types need to be cut back within inches of the ground. It will allow new growth to thrive. The other varieties are stay green a year long and this type only need a quick clean up to remove any dead blades or infected blades. Well, now you can start preparing to plant ornamental grass and enjoy your beautiful garden.