Controlled Burn in Bella Vista Lake To Bring New Life

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM) — The Bentonville Parks and Recreation Department hopes a Monday morning (Jan. 9) controlled burn at Bella Vista Lake will help new plants flourish.

Tim Perkins, the department’s horticulturist, said the point of the burn is to kill the bad weeds that grow in the area to encourage new growth in the spring.

“It kills the foliage and it will kill the seeds that just fall to the ground, the weed seeds,” he said. “The seeds that are in the soil, the native species seeds that we planted, they’re protected.”

Perkins explained the ash left behind by the fire will soon be packed into the earth during the next snow or rainfall. He said this acts as a type of fertilizer for the new plants.

All Perkins and his department will do is work to knock down what the fire does not burn sometime during the week.