One of the nice things about mondo grass is that it is very easy to grow and maintain. Even the most inexperienced gardeners should have no problems planting a lush patch of mondo grass in their garden or backyard, provided they follow the following steps:
1. Prepare the soil by removing all weeds from the area where your mondo grass will grow. An herbicide such as Roundup may be necessary in heavily weed-infested soil.
2. When the area is weed-free, till the soil by hand or with a rototiller to a depth of 6-8 inches (15-20 cm).
3. Remove all rocks and debris and add an organic fertilizer to the soil. Then till a second time.
4. Separate the clumps of mondo grass into individual tufts and space them 4-12 inches (10-30 cm) apart. Choose a closer spacing for a denser look and a wider spacing if you want the individual plants to stand out. If you are using dwarf mondo grass each tuft should be planted 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) apart.
5. Plant the mondo tufts in the soil and make sure the roots are well-covered by gently packing the soil around the crown. Water immediately after planting.
6. Once the mondo starts to establish itself, prune and fertilize as necessary. Mondo grass does not require much care, however you may wish to remove any brown leaves you see in early spring. Light applications of fertilizer in the spring and summer will help the plant to maintain its color and appearance.
This low maintenance grass is an excellent choice along garden borders and in flower beds. Ornamental grass plants can also be used to fill in empty areas of a garden or backyard. Homeowners are often scared away from some of the more uncommon or exotic plants thinking that there must be a huge learning curve when it comes to growing and maintaining these plants. As you can see, mondo grass is quite easy to add to your yard and its attractive appearance makes it well worth the short amount of time invested.