Ornamental Grasses Divided in Fall Update - April 2022
Last Fall, I went around and started to divide up a bunch of Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grasses that were either suffering from some 'center rot' or simply just large enough clumps to warrant division. There were two sets: one in between our driveway and front stoop that had three and another set out of our kitchen window that had five.
As I look around the yard today, I have good news: All of the divisions were successful and the grasses have come back for Spring. For now. First, let's start with the kitchen window grasses. I hedged a little bit and decided to dig up and divide just TWO of the five. I left the back three in place. Below, you can see those three remaining and in front of them a couple of divots where the other two came out.
The other one that was divided up into thirds was moved to the north side and I put it right in front of our storm drain. Those three, too, are happy.
As for the ones in front: I hedged here, too. I didn't want to risk losing ALL of them, so I left one in place and divided the other two. You can see below the back two are small and the front one - which I left in place - is much larger (and suffering from some 'center rot').
Those two grasses gave me six new divisions. I put four around the front Norway Maple - which I've had trouble growing ANYTHING under. All four of them are green and showing new growth - mixed in amongst the tulip foliage that you can see below:
I also tucked one in on the side by our sump pump pipe. I didn't trim this one up just yet, so it is a mix of green (this year's growth) and brown (last year's growth).
That's five. The last one was added to the IB2DWs bed to make a set of three. You can see all three of those below - with the division being at the bottom of the photo.
Where does that leave me? With a near-term goal of solving (partially) for #12 on my 2022 to-do list: divide more grasses. According to this post on ProvenWinners, the best time to divide these cool-season ornamental grasses is RIGHT NOW. I have the three by the kitchen - which should yield nine clumps. Five of those go back, leaving me with four. The big one left by the driveway looks to be divisble four-ways. One goes back, leaving me +3 and +7 in total. There's one more spot to consider: outside the screened porch. There's one there that should be divided. See below. Three-ways with one remaining = +2. That gives me +9 in total to plant.
My plan is to use six of the nine in the backyard - with two colonies of three. One by the fence and the newly planted London Planetrees. And the other three in a cluster back by the firepit.
The final three are destined for the IB2DWs bed. Remember how I talked about 2022 to-do list 'crossover appeal' when I posted about the Honey Locust tree seeds? Same thing here: #12 is work to divide some grasses. However, #4 is to 'enhance the IB2DWs strip' - which I'll start by transplanting three more Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grasses.