Should Karl Forester (high reed grass) be cut back or not?

I have half a dozen Karl Forester high reed grasses at the top of my hillside in the back yard. I debate every fall if I should cut them back or not, this past year I left them alone and I think they looked better when I cut them back. What's your opinion and what would these plants prefer??

  4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 04, 2018
    I do not cut my grasses back until spring before the new growth emerges. I like the winter interest.

  • SandyG SandyG on Jan 04, 2018
    We cut ours back right before snow season as we get a lot of wind and they get raggedy. It is a personal choice, late fall or early spring, which ever works best for you and what you want visually to see with their growth.

  • Janet Janet on Jan 04, 2018
    The first year I did not cut them back and in the spring it was a mess because I was unable to get to it before the new growth took over. Now I do it in the late fall. I do agree with SandyG about the winter interest but if you are like me an unable to get to it in the spring, then fall is better.

    • Slw21358627 Slw21358627 on Jan 05, 2018
      They looked nice in the early Fall, but now they are a bit tangled and I will definitely need to cut them back before new growth in the Spring. I think it is just easier to cut them back maybe around Thanksgiving time. Thanks so much for your response.

  • Slw21358627 Slw21358627 on Jan 05, 2018
    They do look nice thru the fall and winter, but I'll need to catch them quick before new growth in the spring.