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The Care of Potted Grasses

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    • 1). Set the potted grass in a sunny location. Indirect light is okay, but a place that gets direct morning or evening light is better. If growing the grass indoors, near a window is a good spot.

    • 2). Use a slightly acidic, loamy soil for the grass unless otherwise directed at the nursery where you purchased it. Most all grasses prefer a mildly acidic soil. A loamy soil drains well, so the water gets down to the roots.

    • 3). Check the soil every few days to see if it needs water. You want it to almost completely dry out before watering. When it is dry on top and only mildly damp a few inches down, soak the pot with water. If it is indoors, put a plant saucer under the pot or take it outside until it fully drains. Deeply watering grasses encourages deeper, stronger roots -- creating stronger, healthier grass.

    • 4). Bring the grass inside during cold weather if you keep your potted plants outside. Cold weather generally kills off the top blades and puts the grass into a dormant stage. If you don't mind it going dormant for the winter months, leave it out. In the spring, cut back the old brown growth to a few inches from the soil and let it grow back new.

    • 5). Add a plant food to the grass sparingly once at the beginning of spring to maintain nutrient levels in the soil. Use an acidic plant food and follow the directions on the package for portions based on the size of the pot. If you keep the grass alive indoors through the winter, give it another dose in the fall.

    • 6). Trim out dead grass with snips. Also, trim grass down to within a few inches of the soil in the winter if it's outside.

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