I've never been to this forum before but I've had thoughts of making a "Grass Bed" somewhere on my farm lawn. Any suggestions on what would make a cool display? I know it would have to be a project for next summer.
If I can find the pic of part of my yard that doesn't have alot of stuff in it, that might give you an idea of what I'd have to work with.
Oops, can't add a photo to an edit. I'll look and see what I can find re: photo.
When I lived in Cleveland, my grasses never got out of hand. I left mine up during the winter for seed head for the birds to eat and they would get down in the center of my grasses for warmth... Then in mid spring ( or when I saw the first signs of new growth) I would use a hedge trimmer and cut them down.
I love the grasses so much that now that I'm living in central Florida, I'm growning bamboo...
Anna, I love, love, love the ornamental grasses. But keep in mind some of those get huge, like the Miscanthus, and you have to cut them down in the spring. I use a hedge trimmer and a very strong teenager. Just something to keep in mind, not trying to discourage you from getting them, as I really love them and have quite a few, but it's my hardest spring chore.
I use duct tape and a trimmer. I actually do it myself., and I'm no spring chicken. The ones with a large circumference (Bluttenwunder and silberfeder at 60 inches across) are far more of a challenge than gracillimus (30 inches across).
And there are shorter, beautiful choices like calamagrostis and chasmanthium latifolium. Here they are in late October.
I used a chainsaw this past March but the chain kept getting tangled in the stalks and fell off. I just bought a new weedeater this summer with a brush cutting blade attachment. It should be perfect for this. I think I'm going to cut them down this year after the first hard freeze. They make such a mess by the time spring rolls around.
Hi Anna, I love ornamental grasses. They are so showy! I prefer the variegated ones myself. Along my driveway, I have rows of tall Zebra grass and guests frequently ooh and ahh over it. Over time, it does get massive and dividing is a royal pain. I bent two steel Fiskars unbreakable shovels by digging/prying up the original clump that I divided to line the driveway. Just digging into it to cut out a section couldn't be done. The whole clump had to be dug up and then I used a sawzall to cut it into sections. But it's just gorgeous.
I also have the miniature Zebra grass, which gets about 3 ft tall and is easy to divide. It's quite manageable and very showy.
Thanks Doug, please let us know how that works out, the brush cutting blade. I've been using a hedge trimmer, which works really good on most of them, but some are just too much for it. I think I have way too many, it gets daunting each spring.
I have decided where I am going to put my grass bed (with my Spousal Units blessing). I will post a pic soon...need to get them off the camera. And it is a BIG area. LOL. One he will not have to weed-eat anymore, hence his go-ahead.