My pampas grass seems to be dead on one side. Is this the case and should it be removed or will it come back on its own? The other side is growing fine while the seemingly dead side is brown with no new growth. It was a long and hard winter. My thought is that this may have damaged it.
Yes, I'd guess that the one side was more protected than the other. Cut the dead part down to the ground, the grass may be able to send new shoots up on that side, if the roots are okay. Here's an article with more info on pampas grass: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/pampas-grass/growing-pampas-grass.htm
I always burn it off in the spring and it always has come back...
It was probably damaged by the cold. While it can be hardy to zone 6, that's kind of an iffy area. Also, there are different cultivars, some hardier than others. However, since there are some live roots left, it should grow back in time. Recovery from extreme cold can take 2 or 3 years. FYI, here's some material on pampas grass: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/pampas-grass/growing-pampas-grass.htm
My pampas grew on one side of the plant. I have had them for yrs, and this has never happened before. How do I fix this?
The same thing has happened to other people -- apparently the extra harsh winter damaged the roots more on one side than the other. You can cut the dead side down to the ground. Pampas grass is very vigorous, and yours should recover in time. Meantime, there may be some information you can use in this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/pampas-grass/growing-pampas-grass.htm
I am in Central Indiana and about 6 years ago we planted 3 large pampas grasses in the backyard. Each year they have grown larger and more beautiful until this year. On one, only a ring of grass around the exterior has come back. On the two others only parts of them came back. The grass that did come back is about 3-4 feet high at this time. The rest where we cut them back is still brown and not growing. We did have a long hard winter this past year but could that have done some damage? Do you think they will come back better next year? Thanks for any help you can offer.
Judging from the number of pampas grass stories like yours that we have been getting from all over the northern part of the country, I would say yes, your plants are suffering from cld damage. Pampas grass is very energetic, though, and I expect if you are patient and continue with your good care practices, your plants will gradually recover. Winter damage can take 2 or 3 years to overcome.
I am planning on planting Pampas Grass as a privacy barrier, but I would like to have the one with the big fluffy blooms, rather than the less full one. Does anyone know what that one is called?
The female plants are the ones with the showier plumes, and normally they are the only ones available for sale. Pampas grass is normally hardy only to zone 7 or 6, so make sure the variety you get is hardy in your area. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/pampas-grass/growing-pampas-grass.htm
You could get more information on plants suitable for your area from the local county extension service. This link will help you find one:
How do you keep snakes from living in Pampas Grass? What is the best way to kill Pampas Grass?
This article has some answers for you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/pampas-grass/pampas-grass-removal.htm
Regarding snakes, the vast majority of snakes are harmless to people, and extremely beneficial for your garden, but this article will help with discouraging snakes,if you really want to do that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/getting-rid-of-snakes.htm
I have a pampas grass. How do you get these plants to get plumes?
First, you must have the correct sex. Male plants don't have showy flowers, but since generally only the female are sold in stores, you probably have female plants. This article has several points you can consider in figuring out how to encourage your plant to flower: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/ornamental-grass/no-plumes-on-ornamental-grass.htm