Pampas grass also known as, pampa, serra divisa, big headed arrowhead and saris is a popular ornamental grass. It is used as a ground cover and also for live hedging. It has a textured look and can grow tall without support. It's a fast growing grass that spreads quickly in garden beds, patios, yards and farms. It can get mammoth and out of control easily.
If you have pampas grass in your yard or farm and don’t know how to go about pruning it, you have come to the right place. We'll go over everything you need to know about pruning pampas grass here in this guide. Pruning Pampas Grass is both a simple and fun task. The goal of Pruning Pampas Grass is to maintain healthy plants, because dead leaves can harbour diseases and pests. It is also done to shape the appearance of your yard into something beautiful!
First things first, what will you actually need? - a good pair of loppers, some gardening shears, and a hedge trimmer if you have one. Pampas leaves are razor sharp so you do need to wear your gloves and your protective
gear long sleeves and goggles especially when you're clearing up. Use caution when handling cut stems and seed heads, cut stems and seed heads in an area with good ventilation. Don't prune if you are allergic to grass or to pollen.
When to cut it? Prune in fall when the stems are dry. Don't prune in spring or summer or when the stems are wet.
Now, let’s get to the actual stuff- It might sound extreme but start cutting it as far down to the ground as you can. If you've got a massive situation going on you might want to consider getting a professional to come along, if it's a tiny thing
just cut it right down to the ground yourself. Remove all dead leaves and cut through the base of each sheath. Thin out your plants by first cutting them down to 6 inches tall and then thinning further outwards as they blossom. Continue doing so until you can't find any more leaves on the plant, it is going to be fine, they are going to come back up lovely. Some people set fire to them to get them right down to the ground but we don't recommend doing that from a safety point of view.
Once they're established you don't need to do anything to them, using general purpose compost would do the job just fine.
We hope this was helpful :)