Growing ornamental grasses is an effective way to add color, texture and interest to a yard. Ornamental grasses are popular among gardeners, not just because of their beauty, but because most species are adaptable to many types of soil conditions. They are easy to maintain and require little effort to grow). Most of these grasses do, however, benefit from being cut back in the spring to promote a more attractive healthy appearance during the warm growing season.
Put on a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, garden gloves and protective eye wear before approaching grass. Many ornamental grasses are sharp and can cut or scratch unprotected areas of the body.
Tie a piece of twine or thin nylon rope securely around the tall leaves and stalks of the grass approximately 12 to 18 inches above the ground.
Trim the plant with a pair of sharp garden shears or hedge clippers to a height of 4 to 5 inches. To achieve the best aesthetic results, cut the grass in a straight line, parallel to the ground.
Remove dead foliage from the area. Use a garden rake to remove any loose dead foliage caught between the clumps of existing grass.