Cutting back Carex Morrowii Ice Dance ?

SE Mass, MA(Zone 6b)

Hi All -

I have a very nice blanket of Carex Ice Dance - for the last few years it's actually stayed evergreen where it was and I had to do nothing but watch it grow (and boy does it grow!). It's in a spot with no other perennials so can fill up the entire bed - bordered by a brick wall.

But after this winter, it got some frost damage/diedback so now it looks pretty sad. Half brown, half green - but it is flowering quite happily. I know in theory I'm supposed to cut this back every year...my question is - do I cut it way back now? Or do I just try and cut back the yellowed/brown blades? If I cut it way back, I'd be cutting back the flowers too - would that hurt these plants? They are growing, but it's quite the mess out there - planning on spending the afternoon in that bed cleaning it up and thought I'd turn to this forum first.

Should they really have been treated like my ornamental grasses and been cut down in March?

Thanks! Kara

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SE Mass, MA(Zone 6b)

another shot..

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Great South Bay, Lon, NY(Zone 7a)

It should be cut to the ground in late winter, and if you don't have good snow cover, it could use a winter mulch.

SE Mass, MA(Zone 6b)

OK, that's what I was afraid of - So how do I deal with it now then? Any suggestions? Thanks! Kara

Great South Bay, Lon, NY(Zone 7a)

I think I'd probably just live with it, and cut it back next winter. You could go through it and cut out the bad blades, but that would be extremely tedious.

Maybe a soft plastic rake would pull the damaged blades out.

Crosbyton, TX(Zone 7a)

kara in the second picture what is the lime green looking grass??

SE Mass, MA(Zone 6b)

That's Hakenochloa macra 'Aureola' - it's been there for about 8 yrs - it's just been up a few weeks - here's what it looked like last year. It's a slow grower, mine is in full sun and loves it....really lights up that area at dusk too.
Kara

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Great South Bay, Lon, NY(Zone 7a)

I remember that pic, Kara. Absolutely stunning setting!

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