How to Transplant Pampas Grass

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Plant pampas grass at the proper time if you know you'll be transplanting it.
Plant pampas grass at the proper time if you know you'll be transplanting it. (Image: Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Pampas grass is a native grass to South America that grows very tall and usually flowers at some point in the growing season. It is generally used as an ornamental piece in landscaping but reproduces so easily and quickly that it's often considered a nuisance instead of a lovely high-growing flower. Transplanting pampas grass is very simple, but you must plant it at the proper time.

Things You'll Need

  • Tipped shovel
  • Pick-axe
  • Manure

Wait until springtime to transplant the grass, as it has yet to begin to grow and the soil must be defrosted enough for you to dig it out. Cut the grass back to about 1.5 to 2 feet, and discard any of the dead grass. You can identify the dead grass easily as it is brittle, dry and brown.

Use a tipped shovel to dig a hole about twice as wide as the plant and just as deep. Use a pick-axe to loosen the soil once the hole is dug. This allows the pampas grass' roots to take much easier.

Remove the pampas grass from the ground by using the tipped shovel to go around the base of the plant, removing the roots from the soil. It's difficult to damage the plant because of its quick reproduction.

Mix manure with the loosened soil in your newly dug hole, then place the pampas grass into the hole. Fill the hole with the removed dirt, and water it very well as it needs irrigation for its roots to take.

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