Ornamental grasses have developed an established place in home landscaping, with small varieties used to line a walkway or taller grasses used to define a property boundary or to create a living “fence”. Although they have become hugely popular over the past decade, purchasing a significant amount of plants to make a statement at a landscape nursery or home and garden supply center can represent a substantial investment.

Although ornamental grasses can be grown from seed, it is a laborious and time-consuming challenge to most gardeners requiring attentive care and nurturing. The fastest, easiest and most efficient way to acquire new ornamental grass plants is through simple root division.

Go online and do the research to determine which ornamental grasses are most likely to flourish in your United States Plant Hardiness Zone and which ones will adapt to your soil and growing conditions. Shop both online and local suppliers to find the most attractive, carefree and hard grasses for your specific gardening requirements. You will need at least one parent plant of every type of ornamental grass you would like to propagate and add to your home landscape. Although you can purchase grass starts in small four-inch pots, it is best to invest in a well- established plant with developed roots, typically sold in one-gallon containers.

Always choose to purchase the best quality of plant available. Select one with distinctive, well-defined leaves, and robust growth. Remember, this will be the parent plant for future plants of this variety, so if you want to cultivate the best, start with the best. While you may pay a bit more for a top-grade plant, you will be rewarded with an abundance of healthy, vigorous new plants which in turn can be divided to cultivate even more eye-catching ornamental grass plants.

Savvy gardeners recommend that you do not allow ornamental grass plants to get too big if you intend to divide them, suggesting you plant small divisions in the garden in the spring, then dig and divide again the following spring.

Divide Parent Plants In The Spring
It is best to divide ornamental grass plants in the early spring before new growth is evident. If you purchase plants in the spring, go ahead and divide before planting. Spring planting allows the new plants to have time to develop roots and become well established in the landscape. If you purchase at other times of the year, plant the entire clump and divide the following spring. If planted to divide in this manner, the root mass can be torn apart with your hands which is a lot easier than cutting a large clump apart with an ax.

To divide, remove the plant from its container. Use an ax or heavy garden knife to divide the plant into four separate plants. Plant each division in well-composted soil enriched with well-aged herbivore manure (cow, sheep, goat, horse, mule). Water well to saturate the soil and remove air bubbles around the roots. The new plant will establish quickly. Plant ornamental grass clumps one to two feet apart.

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Put your money to good use with these house buying secrets. First of the secrets to house buying deals could have a positive impact on your overall financial health. As a first step, avoid taking on large one-time or recurring expenses six to eight months before you purchase your home.

Clean up your credit

Review your credit reports with the top three credit bureaus, Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Notice any inaccurate items on your report? Write the credit bureau that posted the items. Also, contact relevant vendors, altering both the bureau and vendor of the errors. Provide evidence that confirms that the postings are incorrect. Follow-up with bureaus and vendors, as needed until all erroneous items are removed from your credit reports.

Also, pay off any outstanding debts that aren’t on your credit reports. At the least, become current with all of your bills. Good credit scores could save you thousands over the life of a mortgage.

Size matters

Look for a house that’s large enough to meet your current and future needs. But, don’t buy a house that’s too big. For example, if you plan on having two children but are currently childless, look for house buying deals on a three bedroom home versus a four or five bedroom house.

Age could yield savings

If you or your partner has repair skills, be open to buying an older home. You may get the space that you need for a lower price, especially if an older house passes thorough inspections.

Check out the neighborhood

Research crime history, schools, community events, economic development and businesses in neighborhoods where you want to buy a house. No need in buying a house in a high crime neighborhood or in an area that has a poor school district. Money that you save with smart house negotiating bids could evaporate with one to two home invasions.

Steer clear of impulse house buying deals

Don’t let your emotions determine which house you buy. You may feel warm when you step into the expansive back yard or check out a stylish master bedroom and the spacious en suite, but that feeling won’t hold if you can’t afford to buy furniture after you close on the house. Instead, be honest when identifying how much house you can afford.

Include interest and repairs when you consider the total amount of money you can spend on a house. Leave enough money in your paycheck to pay all of your expenses and pay for entertainment. Don’t put the squeeze on yourself.

New furniture can wait

If you currently live in an apartment or another house, keep your furniture. Spruce your new house up with accessories like silk flowers, baskets and rugs. You can buy new furniture, a piece at a time, after you get accustomed to paying the new mortgage.

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