Slow start for little bluestem

What’s going on with some of the little bluestem? Why so slow to start this year? The above photos show well established healthy plants in 2016. On the right rodent damage in the middle of the plant…some of the crown is missing, eaten during the winter! Also, we cut these plants back this spring, did not burn them, did that mean a slower start for the crown to warm up ? May 31, 2017, will report how they look in 2 weeks.

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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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