Most of it is miscanthus - various types. The really large one is giant miscanthus. Other than that, there's several types of switch grass, some indian grass, fountain grass and arundo. But most that's visible in these photos is the miscanthus
Thanks. I probably can't ID each clump right now, but mostly it's miscanthus (the tallest one being the giant miscanthus), switch grasses (several types), northern sea oats, ribbon grass, feather reed grass, indian grass and fountain grass.
Thanks - I'm considering the Miscanthus Giant for my garden; I have a friend who has it and it's enormous. Must be a great screen and pretty stunning being so large. I love the movement of grasses; I've got tons of them. I really should split them, but it's really hard. They're like roots of concrete - anyone have a splitting trick they'd like to share?
I use a long-handled nursery spade from Wolverine. The handle is tubular steel, and the whole tool is very heavy. I keep the blade razor sharp, and it'll cut through a 3" tree root on it's own. When necessary, I can pound on the top of the blade with a hand sledge, but usually, my weight is enough.
Split them when they're young, to get as many as you want. Much easier when they're young. We created a screen of the giant miscanthus getting 10 plants from the origional one, but I would not attempt to do it now. Or buy plugs for as many as you want. The other miscanthus are easier to split, but some of the big ones can still be tough.
Nope, nothing yet this year. It's been extremely dry here all summer so some things don't look that great. The grasses are starting to get to the point where they look pretty good now though. I'm sure I'll be taking more photos before too long. Especially when they're blooming.
Ok, a few more from yesterday. I finally got some rain, but it was more or less a teaser. I'm surprised anything is still alive that hasn't gotten any supplemental water! I see a lot of trees totally stressed and on the verge of death :(
It's no work at all until maybe (for me) late winter when I cut it back. Lately, I've taken to using a chain saw for everything by the small fountain grasses. That makes the cutting down of the grass go from over two hours worth of work or more to about 30 minutes or work. Then it has to be taken back to the burn pile and burned. This stuff won't compost unless it's ground up. We don't have a shredder (yet). Overall, I'd say no more than 4 hours of work per year? Not bad.