April Showers – and Life Begins Again

I just love springtime, as everything comes back to life. It has been two weeks since we burned the field, and the black charred soil is quickly fluffing up in new green growth.0411151100 It only took a few days to see the beginnings of the prairie grass sprouting from its deep root system. The woody clumps of sumac and elderberry bushes that try every year to take over the territory were well burned and I hope their roots were damaged enough to hold them back this year. The unburnt fields were mowed down with our tractor and brush hog, but I suspect the woody stuff will be more aggressive there. It will be a good experiment to compare the growth in those two situations.

Here is the comparison of the field just after burning, and two weeks later after some good April rain and warm weather.04051518120421150920


About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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2 Responses to April Showers – and Life Begins Again

  1. Julie says:

    Hello fellow Michigan hobby farm! Every year my father would burn the fields. Your post reminded me of the fun we had.

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