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Pink Muhly Grass Care

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Pink Muhly Grass Care

Muhly grass has a native range that extends from Kansas to Massachusetts and south to Florida. In natural conditions muhly grass grows as a solitary plant or in dense stands. It is traditionally found in wet prairies, savannas, the outer edge of marshes, and well-drained upland pine forests. On the coast it is often found in inter-dune swales. This plant can tolerate a variety of soil types and moisture conditions.Muhly grass works well in poor soils as a groundcover and can be used to prevent soil erosion. Muhly grass is tolerant of salt spray and poor soils typical of coastal settings. Once established, this extremely low maintenance grass works well in roadside and median plantings; it is also widely used in golf course landscaping as well as meadow and rain gardens.Although some Muhlenbergia species and cultivars are more tolerant of wet conditions than others, sites with good drainage are preferred. Most rain garden soils have been amended and provide adequate drainage. Muhly grass requires supplemental irrigation when planted, but is very drought tolerant once established. Although drought tolerant, muhly grass will look better and flower more profusely with periodic supplemental irrigation during periods of drought. Muhly grass is a clumping species and should be periodically divided during the spring or early summer to renew vigor. In addition, before new growth begins in early spring, it is recommended to cut foliage back to the ground.
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Pink Muhly Grass Care

The end of the reign of the mighty muhly grass has drawn near. Muhlenbergia capillaris has been a star performer in the fairegarden this past year.In the beginning, the little bit of lawn planted at the garage side extended down to the driveway curbing, edged in liriope. This spot was part of the old driveway of the house next door that was purchased and knocked down to build the garage. When we had the new configuration circle drive paved the gravel was shoveled to the space where the muhly now grows. Continual sowings of lawn grass, a mixture of Kentucky blue and tall fescue failed to thrive in that gravely muck. This photo from 2003 shows the spot with yet another attempt at grass planting with the dying ferngully at the left back of the property. A couple of pots of muhly were spied a few years ago at the local big box home improvement store and quickly scooped up and into the cart. It has been divided innumberable times to add autumn glory to the landscape. While this highly ornamental grass is planted hither and yon around the gardens here, the patch along the driveway has caused traffic to come to a screeching halt come September as passersby are stunned by the mass of pink cotton candy atop waving stems beckoning to them.Some facts about our muhly from an article in Fine Gardening magazine: Height- 3 ft. to 6 ft. Spread- 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit- Clumps Growth Pace- Moderate Grower Light- Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture- Adaptable Maintenance- Low Tolerance- Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant USDA Zones 7-10 Characteristics- Native; Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads Bloom Time- Fall Flower Color- Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower Uses- Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Naturalizing, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Suitable as Annual, Waterside Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden Seasonal Interest- Winter Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest Type- Grasses By the end of the year, there is no color left in the muhly. It is a mere faded skeleton of its former beautiful self. Time to cut it down.There is an imperative popping up amid the straw like stalks too, Allium sphaerocephalon, drumstick alliums are showing foliage growth. In addition to these, Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ joins the Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’ to extend the interest in this focal point area.All cut down and mulched with a bag of soil conditioner, finely chopped pine bark, the muhly is already showing new blue green stems emerging from each clump. To get this look of fullness, the row was planted three deep. Some self sown seedlings have appeared to fill in even more. The lower end is still being sprigged and should soon catch up to the top of the bed which was planted first. The rest of the muhly and other grasses will be cut as time and weather allow. It will be ready to grow strong and give us another lucky day in 2009. Frances *’See You In September’, written by S. Wayne and recorded in 1969 by a group out of New Jersey named The Happenings. It reached to #3 on the Billboard charts.
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Pink Muhly Grass Care

Muhly Grass Low maintenance Pink Muhly Grass will grow faster with a few simple tricks. Muhly Grass is easy to grow in full sun but you will want to help it adapt to your soil quickly. By following some tips from our planting expert you’ll be rewarded with great landscape impact right away. Prepping the planting spot right is important for faster beauty. You want your new ornamental grass to like it in your yard. First, dig the hole two times the size of the roots and shred the ground soil well with your shovel. Plants that have an easy time spreading out new roots will not have to work hard at getting bigger. Mixing some compost or humus into the soil to keep it loose the first year. You need lots of strong roots for faster top growth and the ability to withstand drought. Your new Muhlenbergia Grass will be less likely to go into planting shock with moisture. Always soak the roots completely before covering with soil while planting. You can really give grasses a boost if you apply MiracleGro to your new plant. Repeating the feeding once a month until fall the first year will reward you with extra exuberance. Muhly Grass is very low maintenance. The easier it can spread roots out well into your soil, make sure you water it regularly. You will get more impact to your landscape if your new grass isn’t struggling to adjust and grow at the same time. You will want to cut back the old foliage to a couple inches tall really early in the spring. This will help you avoid shearing off the tips of tender new growth you might not see hidden in last year’s leaves. That’s all there is to getting the most performance from your new Muhly Grasses and Ground Covers when enjoying its beauty in your yard and garden.
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Pink Muhly Grass Care

To add more variety to your pink muhly grass planting, consider including named varieties, such as “Lenca,” with darker pink flowers. If you prefer a more neutral look, “White Cloud” sports white flowers. A different flower form for muhly grass is available in the hybrid “Pink Flamingos,” which is thought to be a Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia lindheimeri cross. “Pink Flamingos” has plump flower plumes rather than the delicate look of the species pink muhly.
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Pink Muhly Grass Care

Considerations To add more variety to your pink muhly grass planting, consider including named varieties, such as “Lenca,” with darker pink flowers. If you prefer a more neutral look, “White Cloud” sports white flowers. A different flower form for muhly grass is available in the hybrid “Pink Flamingos,” which is thought to be a Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia lindheimeri cross. “Pink Flamingos” has plump flower plumes rather than the delicate look of the species pink muhly.
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Pink Muhly Grass Care

A rain garden is a shallow vegetated depression designed to capture stormwater runoff and allow the water to soak into the ground. These gardens function as natural filters that improve water quality, provide wildlife habitat and feature beautiful native, perennial plants. Muhlenbergia capillaris, from the family Poaceae or grass family, is a native plant suited for many rain gardens and provides year-round colors. Its common names include Muhly Grass, Mist Grass, Gulf Muhly Grass, Sweetgrass, and Pink Muhly Grass.
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Pink Muhly Grass Care

Pink muhly grass, like most ornamental grasses, looks best if cut back after flowering. As the pink color of the blooms fades, the grass will still look good throughout the winter. Cutting back to a few inches in spring before new growth begins will keep muhly grass looking best. Plants typically don’t need dividing, but you can divide them in spring if desired. Regular fertilizing is usually unnecessary; use a balanced fertilizer in spring if your muhly grass doesn’t show vigorous growth.

Pink Muhly Grass Care

Periodic Maintenance Pink muhly grass, like most ornamental grasses, looks best if cut back after flowering. As the pink color of the blooms fades, the grass will still look good throughout the winter. Cutting back to a few inches in spring before new growth begins will keep muhly grass looking best. Plants typically don’t need dividing, but you can divide them in spring if desired. Regular fertilizing is usually unnecessary; use a balanced fertilizer in spring if your muhly grass doesn’t show vigorous growth.
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The green, needle-like foliage of muhly grass emerges during the spring and grows to mature size by summer, providing an excellent texture variation for perennial borders, flower beds and rain gardens. In the fall, muhly grass creates a spectacular floral display of light, airy flowers. Its pink, purple or white flowers fade to tan or brown seed plumes, which hold up well from late fall through winter. These seed plumes are a food source for birds. Muhly grass also attracts beneficial insects such as lady beetles4 (Coccinella spp.) and its clumping habit provides habitat for other wildlife.

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