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In The Garden: No need to mow this grass

Decorative grasses are easy to grow, not susceptible to pests or disease, and for the most part, are deer resistant.

Posted: Sep 28, 2018 4:14 PM

EUGENE,  Ore -- You can mow the grass, or you can plant grass that doesn't require mowing at all.

Caleb Johnson, owner of Johnson Brothers Garden Market, showcased his two favorite decorative grasses: Maiden Grass and Karl Foerster.

Decorative grasses are easy to grow, not susceptible to pests or disease, and for the most part, are deer resistant.  Maiden Grass and Karl Foerster also put out decorative plumes.

"Both send out their little flower plumes, which start out kind of bright, and then fade to a nice tan look for the fall -- so, very decorative and ornamental as well," Johnson said.

Decorative grasses also require little maintenance.

"You don't really have to do a lot to them. Every year, in the late fall, like November, once the grass is faded, you can cut them back down to the base, and they'll come back the next year.  You can also in early spring or the fall dig them up and divide them and create new little grasses in your yard," Johnson said.

Johnson Brothers Garden Market is located at 91444 Coburg Road in Eugene.

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