May and June are prime months to divide and plant grasses in Minnesota. I talked about spring cleanup and burning grasses earlier. No cut back looks like this photo. Unfortunately, most grasses, especially the warm season ones like switchgrass, shown here need a spring haircut to clean them up and encourage new growth. The plants will live without being cut back as they have for centuries in the prairie, but in our gardens and landscapes we like a neater look.


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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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