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It's March in the Midwest - Time To Cut Back the Pampas Grass!

It's March in the Midwest - Time To Cut Back the Pampas Grass!

Posted by Lynda Houston on 26th Mar 2021

If it's late March in the Midwest is the perfect time to tame the Pampas Grass. 

I use an electric hedge trimmer after spraying a mild Lysol solution on the blades to prevent prevent fungus.⁠ 

I try to cut the stalks down to the ground but usually I only manage to get them down to about 4-6" high.⁠

At this time I'll dig out around any areas that are spreading too much and rake over the clumps for good measure.⁠

After that, I'll chop everything up, place in airtight plastic bags and use the dried pieces to get my fire pit started throughout the summer and fall. ⁠

Because I enjoy decorating with the plumes, I'll cut them back BEFORE they start opening - that way they won't shed.⁠

They'll get a couple light coats of Rustoleum clear sealant spray, and then they'll hang in a dark, dry spot for a couple weeks. Once done I wrap them in plastic for protection. When Fall rolls in, they'll be ready to add lovely softness to my home decor. ⁠

What other early Spring projects do you have going? ⁠