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16/04/2013 at 10:10

Hi everyone my first post

We just moved into an old house and I'm sorting out the garden. It's got some mature hedges and a mature tree that I'm really pleased about.

There is this messy plant (see picture), I don't know the name but it looks a bit like those ones you see in Holland. How is one supposed to go about sorting this, should I be carefully cutting out the dead bits (they're quite tough! and hard to get to!) or lopping the whole thing down to its base ready for spring?

What is the best way to remove these dead long leaves from the grass - they don't seem to get picked up by a rake

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22123.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

 Thanks

16/04/2013 at 10:28

It's a grass of some sort - and it should be cut back as far as you can right now. If you leave it you will shear of the tops of new growth that should be on its way by now. 

16/04/2013 at 10:42
Looks like elymus magellanicus.
(I'm notorious for mis diagnosing photos on this forum.....should have gone to specsavers, well, I did)
It's actually a lovely blue grass....no colour quite like it.
Gently pull out or cut the old grass, the straw coloured foliage.
In a couple of weeks, when it's warmer, you can cut all growth near to the base. I live in a mild part of the country and have already done this.....some 4 weeks ago and it's now a blue mound some 30 cm tall
16/04/2013 at 10:44
Oh, plant a yellow grass ...Bowles golden grass .....alongside and the effect in summer is magical
16/04/2013 at 11:06

thanks for the replies! I'm so glad to have found this forum.. Interesting to know what it is

I googled Elymus magellanicus and it looks like it can grow to 0.5m in height - this is 1.5m! Perhaps its a uber one?

I am in the south east so quite mild area, would it be ok then for me to chop the whole thing down to the base? I'm tried cutting out the dead bits only but quite tricky

I got the below image from google but it had similar flower type things on it last year:

 

http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/cyqxs.wrplq/v/vspfiles/photos/cortsell-2.jpg

 

http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn.volusion.com/cyqxs.wrplq/v/vspfiles/photos/cortsell-2.jpg

16/04/2013 at 12:17
Bob, no its not elymus magellanicus...your first.picture was without flowers. It Looks like pampas grass now but.....like I said pretty poor at identifying via photos so will leave that to those better at it.
Cut it back,hard now though..I do this to every grass I have. Use shears or saw and wear gloves....those "leaves" are sharp
16/04/2013 at 13:35

Hi Verdun,

Sorry I forgot to mention I cut the dead 'flowers' off, thats why the first picture was without flowers. They had turned to straw, so I just cut them down.

16/04/2013 at 13:47

Bob- Looks a bit like miscanthus 'Morning Light ' to me but treatment would be same as for Pampas Grass anyway as Verdun says. In the picture it looks very close to that conifer hedge (?) so it might benefit from a move to more open/sunny part of your garden -if that's possible-later in the year.Good luck with your project-it's always exciting starting out!

16/04/2013 at 18:21
No, Fairygirl..not morning light. It's got thin narrowly striped leaves and different habit.
Now, lookee here Fairygirl ...first you curse and swear at me on another thread and now you are undermining my opinion on this one. Tut tut........ha ha
Hope you had good day
16/04/2013 at 19:56

I'd say it's pampas grass, too.  Cut it back hard now, but if you see any small leaves growing at the base, try not to cut the tips off as unlike most plants, grasses grow from the base not the tip, so you'll see damaged tips all year.  Also watch out for this stuff - as well as having the razor sharp edges, I grew one from seed and it eventually became a real monster and grew to 3m x 3m from a base of about 1 square meter.  They are too big to dig out when that size and only a stump-grinder will rid you of the roots, if you ever tire of it and want to plant something else.

16/04/2013 at 20:17
I'm with bob on this ..pampas grass isnt really a garden plant and it's problems just escalate
19/04/2013 at 10:24
Verdun wrote (see)
I'm with bob on this ..pampas grass isnt really a garden plant and it's problems just escalate

Sorry Verd...

Leaves looked like Morning Light....need to go to specsavers!!!!

agree about pampas grass-relic from the 70's..not that I was there-too young..

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