News Article for February 12, 2012:
The ground cover, liriope, can come out of the dry fall and winter looking pretty ragged this time of year. Now would be a good time to go and evaluate the foliage quality.
Liriope will usually look much better if it is clipped back every two years or so and some people cut it back each year.
The important technique here is to clip it before the new growth starts. If you wait until the new grow emerges and you clip the ends off, the leaves will be squared off on the end from the late clip and not pointed and natural.
If pruning is needed you can easily accomplish this with either a string grass trimmer or a lawn mower. Cut the foliage back to within 2 to 3 inches from the ground to remove all the dried leaves. You will only have the fresh clipped look for a short while.
Come back in a few weeks and fertilize the ground cover with 2 pounds of 8-8-8 per 100 square feet of bed area.
I would not clip back Monkey Grass (Mondo) as it grows too slowly.
For more information on these or related topics contact Kenny at 225-686-3020 or visit our website at www.lsuagcenter.com/livingston.