A controlled burn is an important part of good grass management. It's been proven to release nutrients into the soil, which help revitalize the prairie. Our oak savanna at the 2S has never been a great summer or winter grass producer. Doing a controlled burn near the end of a winter season often will jump-start grass growth by warming the soil. Also, the fire removes thatch that shades new grass growth. The minerals in the dead weeds and grass are returned to the soil, ready to be used by new growth.
All our ranching neighbors all came over to watch the burn, talk and offer advise. The big issue was to not let the fire get out of control, which the Gordon Fire Department did a great job of doing.