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How to cut back ornamental grasses


Carol Klein demonstrates how to cut back ornamental grasses in spring, with tips on different methods for dealing with evergreen and deciduous species.
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tim.gardener 24/11/2011 at 15:28

The link to the videao has the wrong name! It should read "grass" rather that "buddleya"

irenem 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I really enjoy the how to do video clips but am infuriated by the preceeding advertisement. Is there a way of avoiding these adverts? This morning I have a message saying the adobe flash plug in has crashed. Hopefully it is the car in the advert and I shall see it no more!

janesc 20/07/2013 at 18:50

"Now is the right time to..."
When?!? When is the right time? I don't know when this clip was first broadcast! How about dating them or giving a month at least in the title, please, Gardeners' World?

obelixx 20/07/2013 at 19:39

Good point about dates.  For anyone who doesn't know, ornamental grasses - except groups like Carex which only need raking through to remove dead growth - should be cut back in late winter/early spring before the new growth starts to come through but after serious frosts and snow have gone so Feb/March depending on region and weather.

Tricia Muddyboots 27/09/2013 at 12:41

My ornamental grasses break off in he wind and blow all over the garden, seeding themselves where I don't want them, so I cut mine down in late October.

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