It’s that time of year again, when you are nurturing a prairie. Time to burn it to the ground! We did it two years ago with high-priced expert help, and this year we bravely took it on all by ourselves. My husband purchased a drip torch, the tool you use to ignite a thin line along the perimeter, and then we just waited for the stars to align so that we’d have the perfect conditions for a safe burn.
We plan to burn several sections each year, in a rotation, so that it is not an exhausting all-day job. I think we picked the easiest ones today, and it went extremely well! You light the edge that can burn slowly backward, against the wind, forming a barrier to stop the flames, and you start a section at a time and let the wind take it in a big whoosh to meet the beginning. Then, repeat until the whole section is charred earth. It looks so neat and orderly when it is done.
We laboriously put away all the hoses, buckets, and tools and let the dogs out to see how their world had changed. They did not seem as surprised as we expected, but the next thing we knew, Beezee decided she wanted to roll on some of this new cologne. It did not matter how exhausted we were, it became bath night for everyone.