Graceful MAIDEN GRASS is an asset to the garden all year long, and is especially pretty with the Kansas breezes (okay, gales) giving it movement. In the fall and winter the seed heads add color to the drab landscape. We usually cut our grasses down late February or March and they immediately start to come back. A couple of tips we can pass on: to cut the grasses down, first wrap the clump 8-12 inches from the ground with duct tape. Then use a chain saw to mow down below the tape. Leaving a bit of a "stump" gives the new grass some support, and using the tape makes clean-up far easier (and may even give you a pretty bouquet of foliage for the porch while you wait for the new grass to grow).