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Old 08-11-2013, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I have some absolutely stunning Pampas Grass, planted about eight years ago by a professional () landscaper just a few feet away from a Blue Spruce on one side and a Forsythia on the other. Why on earth he chose to plant it where he did is beyond me. At any rate, it's gorgeous, but due to its positioning, the tree and the shrub on either side are getting crowded. The Forsythia is practically hidden and the Blue Spruce is struggling to find room to grow.

So anyway... I want to transplant the Pampas Grass. Can this be done without killing it? If so, how and when should I do it?
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:37 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Pampas Grass is unkillable. Indestructible. Ironweed.

Dig up a patch of your existing pampas and stick it in the ground wherever you want--no need to be gentle. Give it a year or two to root in and it will thrive. Note -> pampas grass needs a lot of breathing room. Give it a lot of wiggle space away from anything else it might crowd out.
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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^^^Agree, pampas grass is nearly indestructible. Dig it up and shove it in the hole, water it good, they say. It's considered a weed in some areas and banned by many HOA's.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Indestructible? Great! In this particularly instance, that's what I'm hoping for. When's the best time to transplant -- fall or spring?
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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I chopped, hacked, and pulled out 2 very large pampas grass 3 years ago, and even then it isn't 100% gone. The previous owners of our home planted right in front of the propane tank to keep it from being an "eyesore." They got so big you couldn't get to the tank. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Make sure they are in a spot for PLENTY of room to grow. I believe spring is the best time to divide and transplant grasses.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I chopped, hacked, and pulled out 2 very large pampas grass 3 years ago, and even then it isn't 100% gone. The previous owners of our home planted right in front of the propane tank to keep it from being an "eyesore." They got so big you couldn't get to the tank. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Make sure they are in a spot for PLENTY of room to grow. I believe spring is the best time to divide and transplant grasses.
I'm surprised that so many people consider them to be an eyesore or a weed. Ours has been growing for about 8 years now. Of course, it dies down to the ground every winter but by October, we have those big gorgeous fluffy plumes. I love it. We do have another perfect place for it. It's good to hear that I'm unlikely to kill it, as I do seem to have that talent sometimes. So next spring then... Thanks for the advise.
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