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Burning helps restore prairie grass, gardens

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By Jeneen Wiche

Back in 2007 we installed a five acre tall grass prairie with assistance from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Habitat Improvement Program. Each year they assist a number of landowners in various ways that improve habitat, prevent erosion and protect waterways. Basically, you do the work but they supply you with the materials needed to get the job done.

Three years later we have a beautiful stand of native warm season grasses, most of which tower above our heads as we walk through the intersecting mowed paths. We love our prairie. The clumping warm season grasses that provide the foundation include Indian grass, switch grass, big blue stem, little blue stem and side oats.