Spring Cutback 2016 Kicks Off

High Line gardeners and volunteers trim back plants for Spring Cutback. Photo by Julieanne Prevete.

In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf's vision, High Line plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather as they are in most gardens. Instead, when spring arrives High Line gardeners and volunteers work quickly to trim back the grasses and perennials that grow along our 1.5-mile-long park during our annual Spring Cutback.

Friends of the High Line kicked off this massive horticultural undertaking on February 29. Over the course of the next month, our hardworking team will shear back more than 110,000 plants to help us prepare for a lush, beautiful growing season.

During our first week of cutback, we produced and collected roughly 16 cubic yard lawn bags (~432 cubic feet) of organic debris with the help of 26 dedicated volunteers. The plant debris will either be composted for use in the High Line's own gardens, or sent to the Department of Sanitation's Fresh Kills Composting Facility to be turned into compost for use around the city.

Help us spread the word about Spring Cutback by using the hashtag #SpringCutback to share your experience, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay tuned to our blog for further updates and check out the team in action below.

Photos by Julieanne Prevete.


High Line Members provide crucial funding for the operation of the park, allowing us to hire gardeners to keep the park's plantings and trees in peak condition, and maintenance crews to ensure the High Line is safe for its visitors.

REI is a Supporting Sponsor of the High Line Volunteer Program.

Friends of the High Line raises 98% of the High Line's annual budget.
Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is a public park maintained, operated, and programmed by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

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