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Top 7 Benefits To Commercial Landscaping With Ornamental Grasses

High impact. Low maintenance. What property manager wouldn’t want to get those two things out of their commercial landscape — at the same time? One way to accomplish this feat is through sustainable commercial landscaping with ornamental grasses.

Today, ornamental grasses are gaining some nice recognition for their environmentally friendly qualities, landscaping with ornamental grasses is great for defining bordersincluding drought tolerance and pest resistance. Available in multiple varieties, textures and heights, they are also stunners in commercial landscapes. When used correctly, grasses will shine year round in borders, as screens or ground cover, and even in planters.

Uses And Benefits Of Commercial Landscaping With Ornamental Grasses

The benefits of adding ornamental grasses to your commercial landscape go beyond beauty. If you are interested in a more sustainable commercial landscape while simultaneously creating visual interest on your property, you should consider landscaping with ornamental grasses this year. Here are more than a few reasons why:

Erosion Control

If you decide to use ornamental grass as a ground cover — particularly for hard to mow areas or to replace turfgrass — you will also benefit from its deep roots, which help stabilize steep slopes and also prevent soil erosion.


Ornamental grasses are considered fast growers and, depending on the variety, can reach a height of 8 to 10 feet tall. That makes them perfect for creating a natural fence in the landscape — providing privacy and wind protection for patios and other exterior common areas.

Curb And Border Plants

If there are curb areas or landscape borders on your property susceptible to traffic abuse — foot or car — ornamental grasses are a striking and durable option for the vulnerable annuals and shrubs you may have previously had planted in your landscape. These grasses will also bring volume and year-long color to your property.  

Large Planters

Thriller, spiller or filler — ornamental grasses can be used to add height, movement and a bit of the unexpected to large container plantings.  

Drought Tolerance

Great for those commercial property managers interested in water conservation, ornamental grasses typically landscaping with ornamental grasses includes large planterssurvive and thrive without serious irrigation demands. They also stand up to harsh summer heat better than most landscape plantings. The same can also be said for standing up to harsh, dry winter weather conditions.

Pest And Disease Resistance

Ornamental grasses have a great track record when it comes to pest and disease resistance. Rarely bothered by the two landscape problems, this means grasses won’t require much in the way of chemical pesticides (and fertilizers, too), which also means you’re not polluting any water runoff that may occur.

Hardy, Year-Round Interest

The hardiness of most ornamental grass varieties bring commercial landscapes visual interest 365 days a year, particularly in the winter. Depending on the look you’re going for, grasses are available in many different shapes and sizes — mounding to vertical, spiny to feathered, blue to red. These grasses also add a bit of gracefulness to landscapes by the way they wave, shimmer and rustle in the wind.

Ornamental Grass Varieties For Your Commercial Landscape

So what are some popular, drought tolerant ornamental grass varieties for your Northern Ohio commercial property? Here are six worth looking into — with a Schill landscape design professional:

  • Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)

  • Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca)

  • Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)

  • Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

  • Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata koenigii)

  • Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora)

Schill Recommends Commercial Landscaping With Ornamental Grasses

Low maintenance, drought tolerant, fast growing, year-round interest — it’s hard to argue against the use of ornamental grasses in your commercial landscape design plans. Take advantage of their benefits this spring.

If you are interested in having ornamental grasses planted in your commercial landscape, give Schill Grounds Management a call at 440-327-3030, or fill out our simple contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.

Cool or warm season? Clumping or spreading? Schill’s experienced commercial landscape design team can help you pick out the right ornamental grasses for your commercial landscape.

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Topics: Sustainability, Plants

Jerry Schill

Written by Jerry Schill

Jerry Schill is president and co-owner of Schill Grounds Management. He's received numerous accolades for his leadership in the Northeast Ohio business community and the commercial landscaping and snow management industry, including the National Leadership Award from SNOW Magazine and Lawn and Landscape Magazine. He is an active member of the Legislative Committee for the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and the Snow and Ice Committee for the Ohio Landscapers Association (OLA).

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