Letter to the editor: It’s not time to burn yard waste

For anyone feeling abused by restrictions on burning during our current dry spell, I have a suggestion: be patient.
Brush piles that are allowed to remain in place until winter will actually burn better when sticks and limbs can dry out for several months anyway and you might enjoy the presence of song sparrows over the summer as they nest and sing one of the most beautiful songs in creation. By the time there is a foot of snow on the ground they will have flown to the Gulf of Mexico and there is little or no danger of your fire getting out of control. 
In addition, there is no better way of dealing with weeds from your garden than to add them to the pile. Any ripened seeds will be destroyed, along with your unwanted brush and you will have the pleasure of gazing upon the resulting flames some cold winter’s night.
Nick Thornblade

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