Q.Had this pampas for years. It was only cut down once. My husband died so I had to get a gardener who doesn’t seem know much about pampas.
This is the state it’s left in. He says it will grow again. Do you think it’s dead or out of control? Thanks.
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Pampas grass really enjoys annual pruning in spring. It will grow and survive without pruning, but is much happier when pruned right before growth begins for the year.
Keep in mind that pampas grass only has a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years or so. If it is reaching old age, it may be withering out.
These articles will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/pampas-grass/pruning-pampas-grass.htm
That is an interesting trim your pampas received. I would pull back the outer brown grass stems and see if there is green inside. If you find none, I'm afraid it is dead. As you know, pampas, and all grasses, should be cut down in early spring. (The old stems make great mulch.) This allows sun to reach the tender new growth. On a plant that size, a power tool like a reciprocating saw may be needed.