Should I burn my wildflower garden and start over?

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It's Spring now so it a tangled mess of dead stuff mixed in with live stems and stalks some of which have thorns. I thought I would burn it all and start over with something else....yes or no?

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  • Dmc3836 Dmc3836 on Apr 12, 2019

    Don’t burn it. Because you might then have trouble getting things to grow. I would try a rock rack to start. It take work. I’ve been there.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 12, 2019

    Hi Kelly-n-Tony: Nope, don't burn, it could get out of control and you might be burning some good stuff. Give it a cleaning of the dead stuff and them see what comes up. Sometimes it takes a bit of time for new growth, and you might put in some bulbs or plants. It's a bit early to plant right now, depending on where you live, but in Michigan, we wait until the last frost, usually Mothers Day. So, be a bit patient and see what happens:) Good luck

  • P P on Apr 12, 2019

    Try weed-eating the whole area at about 4" from ground & then rake GENTLY or weed blower area - what is LIVE will grow some more, & you will have gotten rid of most of the dead stuff. Call your local Ag Extension service for sources of seed of wildflowers just for your area - not mixes but single types you like & overseed what you put down last year.

  • My vote is to burn it off, if allowed. Here in drought ridden CA it's against the law. Farmers and ranchers do spring burning and burn different pastures each year. Sort of like crop rotation. That way you have a start fresh. You will need to amend the soil before planting anything. I tried wildflowers too. Mine were a joke. My girlfriend bought the same packet, hers were beautiful.

  • Rymea Rymea on Apr 13, 2019

    This year just go ahead and cut the brown stalks. Don't pull them out. Next year mow it after it has turned brown or after the first frost.

    I love our wildflower garden.

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    • Rymea Rymea on Apr 13, 2019

      You need to leave the roots in the ground so that the plant can grow from them. You could probably still mow it if the green shoots aren't very tall. Our garden is starting it's third year and has attracted lots of bees and butterflies and has supplied us with lots of cut flowers. The last two years have been entirely different in terms of what came up. I think some of the plants must be bi annuals so I'm anxious to see what blooms this year.

      Good luck on your garden. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy ours.

  • Patricia Dunn Patricia Dunn on Apr 13, 2019

    old quote from my Grandma..."a weed is just one of God's plants you don't want.."

  • Joanna - Gingham Gardens Joanna - Gingham Gardens on Apr 14, 2019

    I don’t think newish gardeners realize what they are getting into when they decide they want a flower garden. The wildflower seed mixes are enticing, but what they don’t tell you is that some of the seeds are invasive species. I’ve been gardening for a long time and in my experience it’s really hard to grow a wildflower garden without having a weed pit. Don’t burn it though! I would recommend cutting everything down and covering the area with cardboard. Give it a few weeks before trying to do something with it. If you’re looking for low maintenance, check out this article: https://ginghamgardens.com/low-maintenance-flower-garden/. This will give you a start and there are tons of other great gardening tips and articles on that website. Good luck!

    • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Apr 14, 2019

      You are right Joanna, wildflower seed mixes are enticing but what they picture is not always what you see. If I did it again I'd choose more carefully. It was a nice idea gone wrong. I appreciate your input.

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