Pampas grass

Hi Can any of you folk out there tell us how to prune !  a huge pampas grass we inherited when we moved its getting totally out of hand its just started to turn green so I presume it's wrong time of year really but it really has to go but if we can cut it back we will , we've tried hedge trimmers etc . 

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  • XX Posts: 707

    Hi Los, Pampas grass is a home for lots of overwintering insects so you might be best waiting till spring but if its really bugging you and you want to cut it back all I can say is wear long sleeves and thick gloves, it's sharp as you probably know.  I cut mine back years ago with long sharp shears, took ages and I was told by a passing pedestrian that a brush cutter was a good idea but i didn't have one. I also used a curved serrated knife - bit like a small scythe, that worked ok, I just grabbed handfuls of the grass and cut through it.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,504

    Hi Los, when they get really big they are difficult to deal with.  I needed to get rid of mine and had to use a chainsaw to cut it back to a stump.  If you do that it may or may not grow back.  As I wanted rid of mine I just kept using glyphosate on any new growth and it finally died after 2 years - I grow clematis over the stump as I couldn't dig it out - hopefully it will eventualy rot away.  If it is in an open space like a lawn (and not next to a fence like mine) you can set light to the dry stuff in the centre and burn it off.  It will almost certainly grow back but will be much tidier for 3-4 years when you can burn it off again.  I'd recommend wearing leather golves and a leather jacket when tackling it manually or you'll get cut to shreds.  If you do want it out, you may need a stump grinder to get the roots out if it it a big one.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    If you do set light to it, "beware of a big surprise". It goes up like a torch. And the ashes fly off in all directions and make you persona non grata with your neighbours who have just put their washing out on the line.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    The voice of experience eh waterbutts? image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Yup.image

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Los as Paula said all sorts of things wil be living in the clump. So pls give them a chance to escape. 

  • LosLos Posts: 12

    Thank you everybody for your help & have taken on board all your suggestions , not looking forward to it !!!as it is enormous would look lovely in stately home garden.

  • I love my pink pampas grass that I grew from a tiny seed but now it is a monster. Need to halve it in size. It loves to be cut down to a foot and burned with a blowtorch. No picks or mattocks for me (couldn't even lift one off the ground) . Think I will try gradual attrition from one side with a spade

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Beware of hibernating hedgehogs in the pampas - it's a favourite spot!

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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