Pampas plants – Getting rid of

Q: How do I get rid of two large pampas grass plants? Can I burn them? Dig them up?

A: We are under a burning ban now, so you can’t burn them. I’d chop them down to six inches tall and then run over the clump with a lawnmower. The clump will sprout weakly next spring but you can mow the short stems, which will eventually starve the plant to death. If you need to remove the pampas clumps to plant something else, sharpen your shovel and slice out pieces of the root system, starting at the edge and moving to the center. Be advised that this is a lot of work!

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