A straight edge

New edging looks great. The National Grass Trial beds get a new edge, we moved it out 12 inches. Switchgrass looks good, flowers showing at tips of some early kinds. IMG_0569

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What could be better?

Working in the Grass Collection is great, what could be better? Eating after working in the collection! Raspberry cheesecake brownies for break! The BEST! Or was it the cherry rhubarb and plum crisp the week before! So lucky to volunteers that cook AND work on the collection!! IMG_0565 IMG_0469

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First adult Japanese beetle

Just resting on miscanthus, not feeding, the first adult Japanese beetles are out for 2015. With the turf in the grass collection, their grubs live in soil nearby. Adults do not feed on grasses, but mate for the cycle of life to begin again. IMG_0571

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Grasses in New York Skyline!!

Maybe I could live in New York City if grasses surrounded the building like this!

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Resetting older grasses

Little happens without good help! IMG_0196

Landscape fabric placed more than 25 years ago slows our progress: roots grow on top, ‘dead’ soil beneath and endless strips are still coming out. I wish we had never used it, the benefits are minimal and the problems endless. IMG_0199 IMG_0203 IMG_0228
The newly divided and replaced miscanthus will grow much better: IMG_0232

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Life Expectancy of Large Grasses

How long can a large grass like miscanthus live? Many years, but in the north, they may winter kill, growing lopsided in the spring. Dense bunch grasses tend to die in the center, the growing environment there is not as good as the edge of the plant. The hard dry center can die in many perennials, not just grasses. Division becomes necessary. IMG_0070

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Discolored cool season grasses from spring burn

Heat from burning large Miscanthus shows up as yellow discolored Kentucky bluegrass surrounding the large plants.
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Recovery happens in a short time, photo two weeks later: IMG_9981

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