This is how the pruning of grasses succeeds

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Grasses are an indispensable part of our garden, as they bring lightness and naturalness to any plantation. In addition, they are very easy to care for. Only the cutting of grasses is one of the few care measures that you have to perform regularly - otherwise they are very frugal. When and how you cut back your grasses depends on the type of grasses - so for evergreen grasses different cutting rules apply than for deciduous species. When cutting bamboo, the giant among the grasses, one goes again differently.

Cutting summer green grasses in spring

Whether miscanthus, lamprey grass or pampas grass: the most popular ornamental grasses in our gardens are deciduous. That is, their aboveground plant parts - the stalks - turn straw-colored in autumn and die off. In the spring, they then drive out of the base again. The grasses of this group are not cut in autumn, but only in late winter or spring. The dried stalks do not only look extremely decorative, coated with hoarfrost, they also fulfill a very practical purpose: they are a natural winter protection. In some grasses, such as the pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana), you must therefore grab in no case already in the fall to the scissors. Instead, they bind together the stalks, which prevent moisture from getting inside the plant and freezing there.

Cutting pampas grass

In frost-sensitive grasses such as pampas grass, the dead stalks additionally protect the plant in winter - so you should not cut them back in the fall

At the latest when the new shoots show up in spring, it is time to cut off the grasses just above the ground. So they make room for the fresh green. But do not wait too long with the cut, otherwise the regrowing stems can easily be damaged. Because many grasses have very sharp-edged stalks, you should always wear gloves and possibly also long-sleeved clothing when cutting. For cutting is suitable for smaller specimens a sharp secateurs. Larger types of grasses such as miscanthus (miscanthus) can best be shortened with pruning shears. Extra thick stems can also be cut with an electric hedge trimmer. After cutting, the clippings are carefully removed from the plant with a fan brush. Be careful not to damage the new drive.

Cutting miscanthus

Larger grasses such as miscanthus are cut back in the spring with a sharp pruning shears

Tip: You can multiply many grasses directly after the split by dividing and thus gain new plants. If your grass is already a bit old and shaved, this measure also serves the rejuvenation.

Care cut for evergreen grasses

In contrast to summer-green grasses, evergreen grasses such as the Waldmarbel (Luzula) and many sedges (Carex) are not rigorously cut back, but only receive a slight caring cut when needed. With them, only in the spring all frost-damaged leaf tips and dead stalks are removed. Never cut more than absolutely necessary, as pruning does not encourage the plant to grow. Dead stalks or withered leaves that have fallen on the plants can easily be removed by combing their fingers through the leaves.

Japan sedge

With evergreen grasses such as the sedge, only dried stalks and leaf tips are removed in the spring

Prevent self-seeding by pruning

Some types of grasses, such as the ball grass (Dactylis) or the grass (Deschampsia) are prone to self-seeding. Even if their seeds are still so pretty to look at, it is advisable for them to cut off the inflorescences already in the fall, so before the seeds form.

Bamboo: cutting tips for the giant grass

Bamboo is also a botanical species of the grasses, with him the stalks but in contrast to the classical garden grasses perennial. When cutting the evergreen Giant Grasses, it's all about getting her appealing appearance. The cut is therefore not a nursing measure in the true sense. To cut bamboo properly, you should first know how bamboo grows. In contrast to many other plants in which a pruning stimulates the growth, a cut stalk does not grow on bamboo anymore. Instead, bamboo continues to grow new stalks that regrow from the subterranean rhizome - a big plus if you want to preserve a dense bamboo hedge.

Flat tube bamboo

So that flat-tube bamboos with colorful stalks retain their color, they should be bleached regularly. So more light gets to the young stalks and the coloring stronger

In order to preserve the beautiful appearance of bamboo, dead, broken or broken stems can be removed directly from the base from spring to autumn. If you cut off the short side branches in the lower area, the straight stalks are particularly effective. In spring or autumn, you can also rejuvenate your bamboo by cutting and removing old stalks directly from the base with a sharp pruning shears. This cutting measure is particularly useful for species and varieties of the flat-tube bamboo (Phyllostachys), which have colored stalks - because the older the stalks are, the more the colors fade. A vigorous Auslichtungsschnitt the older culms ensures that younger stalks get more light again (the exposure has an influence on the color) and the plant gets so fresh again.

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