While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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Cut your ornamental grasses now

Well, the lawn has been growing rather well with all the heat and rain but I’m not talking about mowing. The grass you need to cut RIGHT NOW is ornamental.

Ornamental grasses are some of the easiest and low-maintenance plants you can grow. Divide them when the centers start showing no growth, and cut them back in the spring before new shoots emerge. That’s about all they need. And they’re deer resistant! What’s not to love?

I saw a stand of ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass this weekend in a parking lot and noticed that green shoots are already coming up through the old, dead strands. If you wait too long, you won’t be able to easily snip out the old stuff.

I just use a hand pruner, but for large, established grasses, a hedge trimmer works really well.

Here’s how some of my dwarf miscanthus looked before and after cutting about two weeks ago.

Happy hacking!

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