Originally Posted by sandbur
foggy-Have you seen any different species grow in an area where you had burned a pile of brush? More jack pine? fireweed and not foxtail?
I have not burned anything. I am afraid I would start a forest fire. Instead I stack brush piles and piles of old logs. I do not get any jack pine to regen - thankfully. I hate jack pine.
The loggers before me burned....but that was over 5 years ago on the logging decks. I do get lots of thistle and other non-undesirables (velvet leaf, milkweed, ragweed, etc) in the old log decks. I did get one deck cleaned up a year or so ago.....and now its producing nice crops.
The other deck has a variety of undesireables....including a heavy stand of Canadian thistles - as well as a nasty tangle of brush, stumps, and logs. I plan to work on this landing this next summer....and get it into a cropland soon.
My root grapple and a landscape rake has made this kind of work go much smoother.