How To Transplant/Divide Ornamental Grasses: Tips and Tricks

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In the following article, we will answer some of the questions that people often have when it comes to transplanting ornamental grass. We will also provide some useful tips on how to make this process easier and faster for you! So, without further ado, let’s get started!

What are ornamental grasses and why do they need transplanting?

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Ornamental grasses are types of plants that have very narrow blades and grow upright. They can be found in areas such as prairies, meadows, lawns, fields, etc.

People often need to transplant these types of plants because their roots get too big for the current pot or area they’re planted at while more space is needed for growth.

When should you transplant ornamental grasses?

If the ornamental grassroots are growing outside of its current pot or area, then you need to transplant it. However, be aware that this process is only necessary if there’s enough space for growth in the new container/area. If not, don’t bother with it!

Also, the best time of year to split and transplant ornamental grass is springtime while temperatures are warmer so plants can get used to their new environment fast and easily. This timing makes sure they won’t die after being moved around because underground parts start dying at lower temperatures when compared to higher ones due to lack of sun exposure!

Of course, some people might have no choice but to transfer them over the winter months too since certain climates do not allow planting season all year long.

How to prepare for the process?

Make sure to water your ornamental grass a day before transplanting it so you don’t have issues with its roots drying out. Also, make sure that the new container/location has been prepared earlier and is ready for use!

In case there’s no soil in the new location, go ahead and fill it up completely before planting any plants or seeds inside of them! This makes preparation much easier as you won’t have to worry about where to place existing dirt from old area first which could potentially cause complications during this process.

Of course, if growing conditions aren’t ideal at all due to too little space or soil then consider relocating these types of plants somewhere else instead! The current spot might not be suitable after all since their roots can’t grow properly which could cause them to die or not develop fully.

After you have the location ready, go ahead and dig around your ornamental grass’ current pot/area using a shovel so that its rootball is exposed. Also, try removing as much dirt from this area as possible without breaking it apart!

Step-by-step guide

Now comes the actual transplanting part where you will need some gloves for preventing cuts on your hands due to sharp blades of grasses while also protecting yourself against any potential diseases or infections being transferred through soil contact.

Once done with wearing gloves, dig holes where you plan to plant these plants next before continuing further!

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Use some gardening twine to tie down blades together so that they don’t turn into one big mess during the transplanting process which makes untying them again much harder afterward!

Believe us; we know from experience how difficult untangling long blade structures like these are if done incorrectly without proper planning beforehand!

When ready, place the ornamental grass in its new location while trying to form a hole around it using your hands. This way, any dirt sticking out of this opening will be removed later on when water is poured over the top since standing water could cause weed growth or plant death due to lack of oxygen intake!

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Then cover the soil around blades with more dirt and water it generously to ensure proper transplanting.

If done correctly, ornamental grasses should start growing new roots within a month while reaching their full potential during summertime! Make sure not to cut them down too soon if you want the best results possible since this process takes time due to how slow ornamental grasses grow when compared to other types of plants.

Tools needed for

A shovel, gloves, and gardening twine are needed when transplanting ornamental grasses.

Transplanting tips and tricks

  • Water your ornamental grass a day before transplanting it.
  • Prepare the new container/location beforehand.
  • Dig around your current area using a shovel to expose its rootball and remove excess dirt from this area without breaking up roots!
  • Place the plant in its new location while forming a hole with hands if needed. Don’t move on until you’ve done that correctly since standing water could cause weed growth or plant death later on due to lack of oxygen intake once soil cover is placed over top again after digging out the old spot completely! Also, don’t untie blades too soon if trying to avoid any potential complications regarding proper planting methods during the first few weeks afterward for the best results possible!

Tips on how to care for your new transplants after they’re in the ground

  • Water them regularly and make sure not to over or underwater for best results.
  • Make sure the location you chose previously is sunny enough depending on what type of ornamental grasses you’re growing since some can handle shade more than others while others prefer direct sunlight instead!
  • Fertilize soil once springtime arrives if the growth seems weak after the initial planting process was completed successfully during the last few weeks of winter! These plants are very resilient, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need proper care in order to survive which should be done by following how to transplant ornamental grass tips listed above properly before continuing onto caring methods afterward!
Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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