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Old 05-20-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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When I first bought my house four years ago, one of the first things I planted were a row of ornamental grasses at the back of a bed in the backyard. I put in three porcupine grasses and two maiden grasses. Now four years later, the porcupine grasses are thriving and the maiden grasses are getting sparser and sparser every year. The grasses get full sun, I don't overwater, but I haven't fertilized. Any suggestions on how to make the grasses come back?
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:33 AM
 
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I don't know. The one maiden grass I have has grown like gangbusters, with no extra care besides the establishment period. Never been fertilized.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:12 AM
 
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maybe you over-fertilized? My ex-gf killed 3 fountain grasses by giving too much pellet fertilizer at planting & monthly thereafter :/
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I don't know. The one maiden grass I have has grown like gangbusters, with no extra care besides the establishment period. Never been fertilized.
Same here, I don't do anything to mine. Voles?
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Thanks, all. I haven't really done anything to them, besides cut them back after the winter. It looks like the grass is growing around the edge, but nothing is coming up in the middle. Who knows, maybe they'll come back.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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From everything I've read, you don't have to do anything to ornamental grasses except divide them every couple years, if they need it. Maybe your maiden grasses need divided?
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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If the center is dying out, it's time to divide. Dig out the middle and add new soil. Transplant some of the outside edges into the center of the clump and let it regrow. You have to remove the dead parts though, and add soil. No fertilizer is required for most of these grasses. They'll do fine with average water and full sun.
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