So there isn't the same rush to get the tops trimmed off of these warm season grasses:
- Andropogon - Big bluestem
- Bouteloua - Blue grama
- Imperata - Japanese blood grass
- Miscanthus - Maiden grass
- Panicum - Switch grass
- Pennisetum - Fountain grass
- Saccharum - Hardy pampas grass
- Schizachyrium - Little bluestem
- Sorghastrum - Indian grass
I suggest that if the stems of Miscanthus and Saccharum are dry, that it can be quite easy to break them off. One spring when my back was sore, I pushed over a couple of stalks at a time with my foot, planted my left foot on the stalk to hold it down, about a foot from the plant's crown. With my right foot (and a fairly hard-toed shoe or boot) I kicked at the base of the stalk until it separated. This was surprisingly easy to do.
As mentioned on our website, the heavier grasses can be cut back with a hedge trimmer or a weed eater-type machine, using a blade rather than the nylon line.