planting after controlled burn - Knowledgebase Question

Northfield, Mi
Question by rothmk
April 22, 2010
The area around our pond is to be burned. When is it good to put in flower plugs and wildflower seeding after a burn? This is in MN 55057

Answer from NGA
April 22, 2010


If the burn is controlled and the area is grassy, it is usually a quick fire and won't harm the soil. If the area is exposed to high heat levels for an extended length of time the heat can sterilize the soil. Either way, you can dig the planting area, incorporate some compost to help counteract the effects of the burn and then plant your flowers or broadcast your wildflower seeds. Wait until after your last average frost date for best results. Best wishes with your garden!

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