When Should I Plant Maiden Grass

Q: I am planning to use maiden grass, Miscanthus sinensis, as a screen between my house and a neighbor’s. Will it be okay to plant them in late September or better to wait until spring? 

A: Maiden grass is a very attractive ornamental grass. The light green, narrow leaves arch nicely. The tan seedheads turn silver in winter and are quite a sight when frost touches them. The only care the grass needs is to be cut to six inches high in late winter before new growth begins. Most experts recommend planting ornamental grasses in the spring rather than winter.

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