Tall Grass Growing In Clay Soil
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Landscaping difficult to manage areas of the yard can be quite challenging. Among the most common issues related to these spaces are those relating to light, soil fertility, and drainage. Gardeners first need to conduct careful research regarding certain plants’ ability to withstand these specific conditions within flower beds. Those with heavy clay soils may find it especially difficult to establish thriving borders. Fortunately, several robust and adaptable species of ornamental plants are available. Ornamental grasses are just one example of such plants. 

Ornamental Grass for Clay Soil

The use of ornamental grasses in the landscape has gained quite a bit of popularity among homeowners in recent years. Though the plants do not generally produce the bright and colorful flowers so commonly associated with flower beds, ornamental varieties of grass have much to offer. 

Ornamental grass in clay soil also provides a great source of year-round interest in the landscape due its wide array of unique textures. Furthermore, these easy to grow ornamental grasses can serve as a valuable habitat for native wildlife in the garden. 

Will Ornamental Grass Grow in Clay Soil?

When it comes to growing ornamental grass, clay soil is seldom an issue. In fact, many species of ornamental grass for clay soil are able to withstand harsh growing conditions, such as excessively wet soil and/or cold temperatures. 

How to Grow Grass in Clay

Learning how to grow grass in clay is quite similar to growing in other soil types. While many native species of grass can be grown from seed, most ornamental types used in the landscape are planted from specific cultivars which can be found at local garden centers or specialty plant nurseries. Though these plants are generally hardy, gardeners will still need to consider growth requirements for the various types of ornamental grass. This includes special attention to both moisture requirements and hours of sunlight needed. 

When choosing ornamental grass for clay soil, always take into account the plants’ size at maturity. While some species remain quite small, other types may grow to reach great heights. 

At planting time, make certain to consider proximity to sidewalks, buildings, and other structures. Like most perennials, ornamental grass in clay soil may need to be divided after several seasons in order to keep the landscape looking neat and tidy. 

Tonya Barnett

Tonya Barnett has been gardening for 13 years. Flowers are her passion. She has trasformed her backyard into a cut flower garden, which she regularly chronicles on her YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/@tonyawiththeflowers.