Hamlin Fountain Grass
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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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.