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.

Recovery happens in a short time, photo two weeks later: IMG_9981

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Ornamental grasses are expected to continue to dominate in 2015

A survey from nurseries and retailers in Lawns and Landscape reports grasses were the top selling perennial purchased by landscape contractors in 2014. Grasses are anticipated to the the top seller again in 2015, followed by daylilies and hosta.
Is feather reedgrass over planted? IMG_1986

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Spring Burning of the Grass Collection

April 23, 2015 with 12% relative humidity in Minnesota (lower than Phoenix, Arizona) however, the grounds crew did a great job of burning the warm season grasses. pictured in front is ribbon grass, a cool season grass that would be set back by burning. We will hand cut or use a blade trimmer to remove the tops on the cool season grasses. IMG_9566

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Spring division begins

We got  shovel in the ground today, thanks to a strong volunteer! Still a lot of frost in the soil. We dug only 2 plants, enough for 43 and 45 divisions respectively that will grow in the greenhouse for a few weeks until they are planted throughout the state later this year. These are new selections of Indiangrass, Sorghastrum nutans. IMG_1177 IMG_1181

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