Fountain Grass

Hamlin Fountain Grass

Anonymous added on May 20, 2017 | Answered

I live in Massachusetts. A landscaper planted Hamlin Fountain Grass. It has been 1 week since planting and the leaves are turning brown. We have had several nights in the 40's. Is the browning normal for new plantings?

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Answered on May 21, 2017

Newly planted ornamental grasses need at least 1 inch of water per week, preferably in 2 waterings.
Make sure you water deeply and throughly at the base of the plants with a slow trickle hose.
Check the soil every 3 to 4 days, but poking down to about 3 inches deep. If it is dry, then water again.
The soil should dry between waterings.

Applying a few inches of mulch will help with moisture control and keeping the soil cool.

There may be a few older leaves that brown, but your plant should not be turning brown.

Ornamental Grasses do not need much fertilizer, but a newly planted grass can use a root stimulator fertilizer to help it become established.
Follow all packaging directions.

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