|Grasses on the bank need to be burned before new growth emerges.|
|The same bank in flame.|
Here you can see the hot gasses throwing flame into the air. You dare not let this touch you or your clothing. Fortunately, it's over in a few seconds. I definitely do not recommend the inexperienced try to do this.
It's the quickest way to clear the garden of old growth for the coming year. I finished the one acre main garden in less than two hours, then the front in about thirty minutes.
After the burning, the garden is essentially gone for a few weeks. At first it's a blackened field of debris. Now some heavy rain would be a blessing to wash the ashes into the ground.
This weekend I'll get help to cut the remaining standing remnants with a weed trimmer ...
... clean up the fallen tree limbs and branches ...
... then wait for spring to come.
That's about it for major maintenance in 2012.
Oh, there's coppicing of the willows to be done before the end of the month.