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I can't remember who it was that asked me about growing Pampas grass last year (or the year before) but now is the time to cut them down ready for spring. There are a couple of big ones here on the estate and I use a long reach hedge trimmer to do the job. Be careful when collecting up the leaves, as they are like razors and will cut your hands in a flash if you don't wear gloves.

The tool for the job.

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Two Pampas grasses ready for cutting...

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....and twenty minutes later....

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This will encourage the new shoots to grow ready for next Autumn's display of plumes....there's nothing like a neatly trimmed bush! :P

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....there's nothing like a neatly trimmed bush! :P

As soon as I saw the title of the thread, I was expecting it to head in this direction. :lol:

Later,

William

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I liked them in the first pic and didn't know what they were called, why did you cut them? Do they grow forever or something?

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I can't remember who it was that asked me about growing Pampas grass last year (or the year before) but now is the time to cut them down ready for spring. There are a couple of big ones here on the estate and I use a long reach hedge trimmer to do the job. Be careful when collecting up the leaves, as they are like razors and will cut your hands in a flash if you don't wear gloves.

The tool for the job.

005.jpg

Two Pampas grasses ready for cutting...

011.jpg

016.jpg

....and twenty minutes later....

012.jpg

017.jpg

This will encourage the new shoots to grow ready for next Autumn's display of plumes....there's nothing like a neatly trimmed bush! :P

You know what Pampas Grass are a sign of don't you???

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Swingers.

We have one.

Maybe I need to talk to the wife about why she planted it and what's going on when I'm out.

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Swingers.

We have one.

Maybe I need to talk to the wife about why she planted it and what's going on when I'm out.

Yep...apparently, back in the 60's, planting a Pampas grass on your front lawn was a sign you were up for a bit of 'swinging'...don't know if it's true or just an urban myth.

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Must admit, we have 2 as well.

I saw a better way of 'cutting' these back, a few years ago. Set fire to them. More fun and encourages bushier growth still, as that's what would happen to them in their natural environment. Not got the balls to do it myself though!

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I liked them in the first pic and didn't know what they were called, why did you cut them? Do they grow forever or something?

They need cutting back every year, Mark, or they look very untidy...in fact they look pretty grim in the 'before' pics...there's a lot of dead leaves, and the plumes are very tatty. They look their best in late summer/early autumn when the new plumes have just emerged. Years ago, folk used to set fire to them to clear away all the dead material, but I can't do that here, or I'd set fire to the rest of the shrubs too and get the sack! The cutting back also helps to keep them in bounds...left unchecked they grow into massive clumps that need a digger to remove if necessary. These two will soon sprout up again with new, fresh leaves. I'll post a pic or two in about a month, and you'll see what I mean. :thumbsup:

Edit: Tim got in there with the fire as I was writing! :yes:

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I can't remember who it was that asked me about growing Pampas grass last year (or the year before) but now is the time to cut them down ready for spring. There are a couple of big ones here on the estate and I use a long reach hedge trimmer to do the job. Be careful when collecting up the leaves, as they are like razors and will cut your hands in a flash if you don't wear gloves.

The tool for the job.

Two Pampas grasses ready for cutting...

011.jpg

016.jpg

....and twenty minutes later....

012.jpg

017.jpg

This will encourage the new shoots to grow ready for next Autumn's display of plumes....there's nothing like a neatly trimmed bush! :P

I liked them in the first pic and didn't know what they were called, why did you cut them? Do they grow forever or something?

They need cutting back every year, Mark, or they look very untidy...in fact they look pretty grim in the 'before' pics...there's a lot of dead leaves, and the plumes are very tatty. They look their best in late summer/early autumn when the new plumes have just emerged. Years ago, folk used to set fire to them to clear away all the dead material, but I can't do that here, or I'd set fire to the rest of the shrubs too and get the sack! The cutting back also helps to keep them in bounds...left unchecked they grow into massive clumps that need a digger to remove if necessary. These two will soon sprout up again with new, fresh leaves. I'll post a pic or two in about a month, and you'll see what I mean. :thumbsup:

Edit: Tim got in there with the fire as I was writing! :yes:

Just an update on this post...I know I said I'd put pics up after a month or so...well that's turned into nearly 8 months now, but here are the same Pampas grasses just coming into plume. I said they'd look good again didn't I? Trust me ....I'm a gardener! :tongue2:

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