Advantages of burning ornamental grasses

Intentionally setting fire to a landscape can seem counterproductive. But it’s a useful tool for managing forests, prairies, meadows, other grasslands… and now grass liners? Hoffman's Head Grower, Bill Hall, and his growing team recently started burning select trays of our native grasses, Sporobolus heterolepis, and Eragrostis spectabilis, each responding well to this process. They have found that burning helps minimize weed growth, puts nutrients from old plant material back into the soil, and eliminates serious pests and diseases. "It is a great way to promote new growth and reinvigorate these crops in a time-efficient manner. This practice dramatically cuts down on the labor it takes our growers to hand-prune some of our liners."

For more information:
Hoffman Nursery
5520 Bahama Road
Rougemont, NC 27572
Tel.: (919) 479-6620
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 203-8590
Fax: (919) 471–3100  

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