If you haven’t already, it is definitely time to cut back your ornamental grasses for the spring. What you see here is purple fountain grass that badly needs to be cut back. Last year’s grass has turned to straw, and the funny thing about straw is that it does not come back to life. Instead, when you cut it off, fresh new grass will grow back. To do it, you some twine to tie up the grass like you’re tying a ponytail. Then cut the whole ponytail off! At first, you will have a short haystack where your grass used to be, but within four weeks you will see fresh new grass.