How to Trim Saw Grass

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Saw grass, known scientifically as Cladium jamaicense, derives its name from its long, saw-like blades. It is capable of producing painful cuts and scrapes to your unprotected skin. Saw grass is actually a sedge, having triangular blades while grasses have round blades. Saw grass up to nine feet tall with flowering spikes and can be a dramatic addition to your yard. Saw grass is very fast growing, and it is best to trim it in early spring, before the growing season starts.

Things You'll Need

  • Thick work gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Rope
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Chain saw
  • Yard waste bags
  • Wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants and thick work gloves to prevent cuts and scrapes when working with saw grass.

  • Remove the dead leaves and old plumes, using pruning shears. Start from the outside and work toward the center or crown of the plant. This relieves the plant of unhealthy and decomposing foliage.

  • Tie a rope around the perimeter of the plant about two feet from the ground. Wrap the rope a few times around to keep the foliage secure. Cinch the rope tightly.

  • Cut around the perimeter of the plant below the rope, 8 to 12 inches above the ground. Cut all the way through to the center of the plant. Use hedge trimmers or a chain saw, depending on the size of the plant.

  • Dispose of dead foliage and grass clumps in large yard waste bags approved by your local municipality. This will prevent lightweight seed spores from spreading throughout your yard.

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