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Tools for Trimming Pampas Grass

Updated February 21, 2017

Pampas grass is a tall type of grass native to southern South America. Growing in dense tussocks reaching up to three meters in height, pampas grass can be hard to trim and cut back. The leaves, which are evergreen, long and slender are also sharp; it is important to wear protective gear such as gardening gloves when working with the grass. If you are tasked with trimming pampas grass there are some tools to use that will help you out.

Hedge Clippers

Hedge clippers are the most basic tool to use to effectively trim pampas grass. When using hedge clippers, it is important to wear trousers, a long-sleeve shirt, closed shoes, gloves and goggles to avoid injury from the clippers and the sharp pampas leaves.

Hand-operated or electric hedge clippers will work for trimming back pampas grass, although less powerful electric models may seize up or jam. However, good electric hedge clippers are easier to use than hand-operated clippers.

Brush Cutting Blades

Certain garden tool manufacturers make circular saw blades that can be attached to weed trimmers or whackers and used on tough grasses including pampas grass. When using brush cutting blades like this, it works best to bind the grass into separate sheaves and then cut the bases of the sheaves with the saw.

Chain Saws

Chain saws are typically used on woody plants including trees and bushes, but they can also be used to trim pampas grass. When using a chain saw to cut pampas grass, bind the grass into sheaves first and then cut the sheaves using the top of the chain and bar area of the chain saw. By only using the top area of the saw you will prevent particles of grass from getting into the machinery.

Lopping Shears

Lopping shears have a long handle that provides the leverage needed for cutting hardy plants and small tree branches. Lopping shears have no trouble giving pampas grass a trim or seasonal cut back as long as the individual cuts aren't too overloaded with pampas stalks.

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Ariel Phillips is an editor and writer living in Portland, Ore. He has written for "n+1 Journal" and "The Rumpus Magazine," among others. He maintains an interest in a variety of subjects, including art, culture, the environment, media, the sciences and sports. He earned bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.