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Tips on Trimming Monkey Grass and Its Maintenance

Are you planning to trim your monkey grass?

Did you know that you need to know the right timing and the right way to trim them?

Get to know some valuable tips on trimming monkey grass by reading the information below.

Monkey grass or also known as mondo grass are known as ornamental grass that is low growing and has a fine texture. This type of grass can adapt to both shade and the sun and do not require too much water during its first season.

Golden Monkey Grass


After they have become established, they will spread slowly, which will create a carpet of grass with blades that are arching for up to 6 to 12 inches in length. They also don't require to be fertilized since they don’t usually get affected by disease or insects.

Culture of Monkey Grasses

A well drained and moist soil is where monkey grasses can be planted. During the hot summer season, they should ideally be under the shade since as they become more exposed to the sun, they shade of their grass can become lighter in color.

It would be best to plant them during fall or spring in areas that are shady or in slopes to create edging and such. You can water the monkey grass weekly during its first season and increase the water during hot days or during summer to ensure that the rooting system will become stable.

Dividing the monkey grass or digging the clumps up every 2 to 3 years would be ideal for them to spread economically to the other parts of your garden.

Culture of Monkey Grasses


Timing When Trimming Monkey Grass

One of the best things that you need to consider when you are cutting monkey grass is by knowing when to do the trimming. For people who don’t know, monkey grass is known to be a great source of shade when the winter season comes.

Throughout the season, the small flowers that are lavender in color are followed by blueberries and will eventually become spikes.

Unfortunately, when the winter season ends, the foliage of the monkey grass that have stayed beautifully green can start to look awful. This is why it would always be best to start trimming them at the end of the season for you to ensure that some new shoots will begin in time for spring.

Trimming Your Monkey Grass

You can start cutting back the small patches of your monkey grass using a pruning shear. You can use some grass shears, but this will depend on the age of the grass’ clump since older ones can be hard and dense should be cut through.

When trimming, you can start gathering the foliage that is arching using one hand and carefully hold it from the roots and trim it off 2 inches from the soil. It would be best to avoid trimming the new shoots’ tips.

Monkey grasses that are large can be cut using a string trimmer or a lawnmower on the highest possible setting. It is also ideal to take away the foliage that has been trimmed to ensure that the area will look clean.

Read also: How to use a string trimmer properly

It will also ensure that there will be no place for anthracnose to harbor, which is known as a fungal disease that can affect the growth of the new sprouts. Typically, infections can occur when there is poor circulation, and the area is too wet.

These are the information on trimming monkey grass, but this does not mean that this is all that you need for them to stay healthy and green.

There are still some maintenance needs that you need to do, for you to ensure that their beauty will last for a long period of time.

Below are some of the tips that you should do for you to care for them effectively.

How to Care Monkey Grass Effectively

Watering Monkey Grass​

During extreme drought and consistent droughts, it would be best to water them thoroughly. After planting them, it is ideal to regularly water them for two whole weeks while they are in the process of becoming established. After two weeks, you no longer need to give too much attention to them.

Mowing Your Monkey Grass

Mowing or trimming your grass would be best during the early days of spring or before the beginning of new growth. You can trim them down up to 2 to 3 inches of the soil.

Mulching Your Grass

Mulching is still needed for monkey grass, wherein you need to at least put 2 to 4 inches of pine bark or wood chips after you trim them. Mulching will help prevent the growth of weed, as this will help the grass to spread to a wider area if they don’t have any weed problems to deal with.

Applying Fertilizer

As mentioned above, they don’t need fertilizer, but it would always be best to add 10-10-10 fertilizer during the early spring and fall. You can use a pound of fertilizer in every a hundred square feet of your monkey grass. After application, you need to water the grass to ensure that the fertilizer will move through the grass.

Controlling Weeds Around the Monkey Grass

If you see some weeds growing around the border of your money grass, then hand pulling them is essential. But if the weed is just too much, then using a herbicide would be best to ensure that your lawn will be treated. It is best to use at least 2% of herbicide with glyphosate by covering them with the herbicide. Just make sure to avoid applying the solution to the monkey grass.

Above are all of the information that you need when it comes to trimming monkey grass and maintaining their beauty in your lawn. Having monkey grass is easy since they are not known to be high maintenance.

Start trimming and caring for your monkey grass for you to be able to ensure that their health and vibrant green color will be maintained all year long.

Get to know some valuable tips on trimming monkey grass by reading the information below.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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