What is the proper way to trim fountain grass and firecracker plants? How many times a year should they be trimmed? My landscaper now is cutting the fountain grass short, straight across with a flat-top look. Is the the proper way? The firecrackers are being trimmed in order not grow tall but to drape over a wall. It is my understanding that he is doing this in order that they not grow tall and cut off the sprinkler heads.
Fountain Grass and Firecrackers
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Yes, many people do trim back their fountain grass and other foliage type plants this time of year. It is not required, but it help to maintain a healthy look for the plants. This foliage will die back in the winter anyway. Yes, when pruned it looks just like someone gave the plants a flattop buzz cut.