pampus grass pruning

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  1. julesml

    julesml Member

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    i have cut back a two foot wide pampus down to just half a foot thinking it was like other grasses, there is no frost at the moment but it is cold and there could be a frost in a week or so, should i cover it with something to protect it or should i burn it with the others i haven't cut???
     
  2. M. D. Vaden

    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    In my book, at least in Oregon's climate, cutting the leaves off now would probably be behind schedule, not ahead of schedule.

    It's fairly rugged, and it looks like you are in somewhat of moderate climate.
     
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    Re: pampas grass care & pruning

    Not sure of the true hardiness of Pampas Grass, but here in South Carolina zone 7-8 it needs no winter protection and I trim it back yearly for appearance only and do this during winter months when its not growing. Frost doesn't harm it here.
    Randall
     
  4. lorax

    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Re: pampas grass care & pruning

    I'd still mulch it in for the cool months; if you're going to burn it back then have a bucket of water handy to put it out. It really goes up.
     
  5. Liz

    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Around here they are hard to kill. I think you will find new shoots will come out of the centre when the weather is right. To get mine to freshen up I set fire to them so I would be very suprised if frost would do them in. Read up on google and see if it is frost tender.
    Liz
     
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    where are you?
     
  7. lorax

    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Liz is in Australia, province of Victoria.

    I am in Ecuador, province of Pichincha.
     
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    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Lorax, good reminder re bucket of water, better still hose. They go up like a cracker and it is not advised to do it near a building or other inflammable area. (trees etc) also pick a cool damp day if you are going to do it that way. By the way Victoria is an "Estado" [state] about 1/3 of Equador in size :)) It's raining it's pouring may be the rain has come back to get us out of a few water resrictions.
    Liz
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Sorry, forgot the arrangement of Australia for a second there.

    And I do realize we're tiny, but we're incredibly biodiverse!
     

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