Q&A: Pruning Sedge

Should I prune my sedges (Carex)? How and when?

Answer: You can prune your sedges (Carex) to keep them within bounds. To do it, gather up the leaves in one hand and, using a pair of scissors, cut off the top third, including the long flowering stems. This will leave the plant arching out gracefully, but not trailing along the ground. It may be necessary to do this twice a year: at the beginning and end of the summer.

Sedge is not a true grass, but looks similar to ornamental grasses. Many sedges have attractive warm tan, brown or reddish foliage. They will tolerate some shade, while many ornamental grasses require full sun.

Read more about about ornamental grasses.

Read about grasses that take shade.

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