Pampas Grass- Transplant/Trim

Q: I have several large clumps of pampas grass that need to be moved this month due to construction. My son would like to take them to Griffin. Do you think they could survive a trimming and transplant?

A: You can try, but most experts agree that moving ornamental grasses in spring is more successful. My advice is to dig the biggest clumps you can, do not divide them, and plant them in the new spot immediately. You can remove the dead foliage down to six inches high before digging a clump. Water them but do not fertilize at transplanting. You can fertilize lightly when vigorous new growth appears in May. Keep the clumps watered in July and August and they should soon regain their health in Griffin.

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