In years gone by, the prairie would burn naturally via lightening strikes. Lightening would spark prairie fires and burn the dead stalks to the ground. This would allow for new growth to emerge. It was a healthy cycle naturally occurring in nature.
I have spent more than several hours clearing my "native" patch of grasses and wildflowers. I like to call this annual March chore "death by 1000 paper cuts". If it's too warm for long sleeves my arms suffer from the blades of grass. It was over 80 yesterday and today.
Preparing to cut the last big clump of grass, I had the bright idea to put on my long sleeved beekeeping gloves!