How to Plant Ornamental Grasses

Make ornamental grasses a part of your garden with this planting guide.

Materials Needed

  • ornamental grass plants
  • garden shovel
  • watering can or garden hose
  • spring-tined or kitchen fork

Step 1: Make the Hole Deep Enough

Grass Root Ball is Level with Soil Once Planted

Grass Root Ball is Level with Soil Once Planted

Prepare the soil for planting an ornamental grass by digging a hole to a depth which is twice as deep as the root ball. Dig a hole deep enough so that the root ball will be slightly deeper than the plant was growing in its container.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dig a hole as deep and a little wider than the container. Place the plant in the hole to check that the top of the root ball will be level with the soil when you plant it out.

Step 2: Water Well and Tease Roots

Tease Out Outermost Grass Roots

Tease Out Outermost Grass Roots

Remove ornamental grass from the pot and loosen the compacted roots from the ball. This will encourage them to spread and develop after planting.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove it from its container and gently tease out the outermost roots. This encourages them to spread and develop well after planting.

Step 3: Plant Correctly

Fill Around Root Ball of Grass and Firm Soil

Fill Around Root Ball of Grass and Firm Soil

Set the plant into the prepared hole, with the rootball just below the soil surface. Fill the hole with water and soil. Firm in the soil around plant to remove air pockets and water thoroughly.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill in around the root ball with the excavated soil, firming it with your fingers. Water it well using a can with a fine rose. Water regularly until it is established.

Step 4: Tend to Dead Growth

The dead growth of deciduous grasses can be left over the winter; use a spring-tined or kitchen fork to remove dead growth from evergreens in the early spring.

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