(Editorial note: no groming is not a word. Can’t believe I didn’t get more corrections. Sorry for the error.)
Gave a talk on native grasses in the garden at Theodore Payne Foundation on Saturday (powerpoint is posted on my website). It got me looking at my own grasses and I realized that they needed some grooming. So on Sunday I pulled out a rake and gave them a good combing. The pictures don’t really do it justice. Raking out the dead blades cleaned and greened up the grasses. Since both deergrass (Muhlenbergia rigens) and alkali sacaton (Sporobolus airoides) are warm season grasses, as the temperature rises they will start growing and the clumps will look even greener. I also thinned the purple three awn (Aristida purpurea).
All of this work generated about a can and a half of thatch which I mowed over and spread in the path in the back.