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How to Prepare Soil for Ornamental Grasses

To prepare soil for planting ornamental grasses:

  • Work the existing soil to remove any weeds
  • Add in a couple of inches of triple mix soil (a mixture of top soil, compost, and peat moss). This preparation is best done in the fall to allow the frost and worms to improve the soil tilth ready for planting in the spring.
  • Add a three- to four-inch layer of mulch after planting.
  • After a couple of years, the mulch will have broken down and the soil can be top-dressed in the fall with compost and mulched again in the spring.

Although some grasses can survive the winter snow load and provide interest in the garden during the winter, most are better cut back in the fall.

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