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Old 07-23-2019, 02:56 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I have several mature fountain grass plants that grow to about 4-5 feet high. The blades are about 1 inch thick at the ends. Over the past couple weeks we have had some very heavy rain storms move through. The rain has literally pounded the plants into the ground to the point where the blades are laying completely flat on the ground and the stalks completely bent. I tried using a rake to stand them back up but they just fall right back over. So I ended up taking a hedge trimmer and cut them down to about 1 foot off the ground to get rid of all the damaged blades. I know they will grow back, but is there any way to prevent this from happening every time there is heavy rain? I'm assuming this must be a fairly common problem.
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:03 PM
 
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I used to tie mine around with string. One loop near the ground to get them to come together, then another loop 18" above that to group them tightly. I would tie them up in the summertime before they got too unruly. We get wicked autumn winds, and the string would keep them neat until I cut them down to ground every winter. If you looked closely, you'd see the string and the somewhat unnatural posture, but it still looked better than them sprawling all over.
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