ornamental grass

I live in wisconsin where its cold now.I would love to plant oramental grass in the spring. I have a empty lot next to me which has lots of wild and i like to hide it with ormental grass. So what kind should i buy and should it be by seed or plants? Any help would make be happy.
THANK YOU Romy
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On 1/1/05 10:56 PM, in article snipped-for-privacy@corp.supernews.com, "Romy

There is a book out there of ornamental grasses for cold climates - my sleep deprived brain can't find it right now, but I'll bet you can. Northern Sea Oats is one of several I grow that has thrived so far here in southern NH.
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There are a huge number of varieties. You may want to get a few garden catalogs which will provide you will more kinds. Seeds cost a lot less, but you'll need some time for these to grow. You can start seeds in pots, then transplant when the weather warms up. Grasses are very easy to grow, but select varieties for Wisconsin (brrrrr).
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if you live anywhere near Milwaukee .... I am trying to get rid of the grasses from my mothers home (my master gardener died this last summer) and I am going to rent the house but got to get rid of the various grasses as it is spreading into everything and I dont have the time to keep them under control. these are established roots, so all you gotta do is dig em up, wash em off and bundle and plant them anywhere you want. you can take all you want. Ingrid

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yes, in spring. once the stuff has come up and we know where it is. Ingrid

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How tall is the grass??????
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wrote:

Be sure you take along a shovel, a pick ax, a crow bar, and an ax when you go to dig the grass. I dug up a three year old clump of Zebra grass (Miscanthus sinesis 'Zebrinus' - Zone 5) a year ago last spring, and the process took almost an hour and a half. Over a third of the time was spent getting the clump out of the ground with the rest of the time devoted to chopping the clump apart and potting the separated sections.
As far as grasses go, Zebra is a relatively slow spreader, although it develops a well anchored root system. I would check how aggressive the grass is before digging and planting. Some grasses sold as ornamentals can turn into thugs.
John
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We had a very hard winter last year, the Miscanthus sinensis I had out by the driveway died....thankfully. There was no way I was ever going to get it out of the ground short of a backhoe! I still needed a mattocks to get rid of the straggler roots that survived, but it's finally gone. Don't put one of these clumps where it'll block vision, you'll be hard pressed to move it!
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