Monday, March 16, 2009
One of the more exciting clean up projects is a controlled burn. Burning gets rid of woody plants,
(like honey locust) and helps some native wildflowers sprout and grow. The first thing that needs to be done is getting a burn permit. Every state has laws regarding controlled burning, then every county has their own set of rules. In Kansas, all you need to do is call the county fire dispatch and ask for the permit,and agree to their rules, which is no tires, finish before dark, and be prepared....have water available. Most areas have burn classes that really help get you ready for a successful season. The coal black ground is beautiful and cleansed, even ticks are reduced by a good burn. Always make sure all flame is out before leaving the site. After a few days, the hardier grasses will start to sprout with a velvet vengeance, its so green, it makes you want to burn more!!(I intend to..) I always cut a path around the area, making sure that it's not too large, it can easily get out of hand, so smaller areas are better to start with. After the path is cut, I water that path so that I won't have the flame leave that specific area. Never use an excellerant to burn, if it's ready to burn, you won't need to. It's best to let the flame burn itself out, starting from different sides means it will hit an already charred area, and not get out of bounds. Every state has laws regarding this, get informed before you start. If you have woody plants that you want to save, you must remove the dry grass from around the plant, and then soak that area before you start. Remember...fire will kill most woody material, at least above ground. When I was little I loved to burn with my dad, the smell brings a smile to my face! Burn with someone you love, I say!