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Wildflower meadow regrows after fire at Meijer Gardens
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Wildflower meadow regrows after fire at Meijer Gardens

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is on fire!

Well it was on April 26.

A four person crew from David Borneman LLC intentionally set the fire to burn off dead vegetations and weeds in the park’s wildflower meadow.  Meijer Gardens put together a time lapse of the controlled burn, which you can find here.

 Outdoor horticulture director Ed McKee says the burn reinvigorates the wildflower meadow, as charred, dead vegetation releases important nutrients into the soil where wildflower seeds were previously planted by nature.  The blackened ground also heats up quicker, stimulating seed germination and growth, and extending growing season by as much as four weeks.  The bare ground also absorbs more rain, as no vegetation is there to block it. 

Meijer Gardens performs a controlled burn on the wildflower meadow every three years.  The first burn took place in 2010, after plant experts noticed a decline in the native plant species and an increase in invasive plants.  The first controlled burn was funded by a private donor; this year’s burn was already included in Meijer Gardens’ budget.

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