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Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 15 5:48 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Can you burn it?

http://www.bellewood-gardens.com/2015/Garden%20at%20Federal%20Twist-%20Burning%20Grasses_2015-03.html

It is the preferred method for maintaining prairie / meadows here in the USA where the grassland is neither mowed nor grazed.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 15 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stubble burning was outlawed years back. Suspect not, therefore.

Eta. Turns out burning is a legal option.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 15 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Swaling (controlled burning of grass, heather, gorse etc) is quite common round these parts although on rougher ground. I wouldn't fancy having a go myself as my meadows next to a fair bit of gorse and woodland. I'd also like to get hold of the organic matter rather than burn it.

Ty Gwyn



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 15 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Strangely by burning you also create organic matter.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 15 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You do create a certain amount of charcoal and also release nutrients like potash.

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