Dead crabgrass

joebryant(zone 5 Indiana)March 21, 2004

Fall of 2002, I killed and burned one acre meadow.

December 15, 2002, I broadcast little bluestem grass seed.

April, 2003, I broadcast wildflower seeds.

Summer of 2003, field was covered with crabgrass that I continously mowed short, but couldn't stop it from producing seed on short shoots, but still there were many short wildflower plants, and I think little bluestem, but I'm not sure.

QUESTION: Now, March 21, 2004, in central Indiana, the field is covered with a mat of dead crabgrass with wildflower seedlings/plants underneath it. Would it be safe for the wildflower plants/seedlings if I were to wait for a dry day and set the crabgrass on fire. i.e., if I burn the mat of crabgrass, would it kill the little bluestem (if there is any ???) and/or the new wildflower seedlings and plants that started last year?

Here is a link that might be useful: Joe's wildflower meadow

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Jim_Nebr(z4 Nebr.)


I've got the same problem with the crabgrass. It forms a solid mat only an inch thick but very dense. It doesn't cover my whole flower patch (2 acres) but areas 20 - 50 ft. across. I'm going to burn when conditions are right. I don't think you need to worry about harming the young grasses if you burn, but others with more experience in this area will be along to help you. Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2004 at 7:40PM
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Burning now won't hurt native warm-season grasses. They are still dormant, and burning to remove thatch during spring will actually help the warm-season grasses to prosper.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2004 at 2:04PM
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