Every year around this time, I think of my friend Walter (y'all know Walt) and how he used to torch his yard in Santa Fe with this giant flamethrower, once a year or so I think.
I don't remember all the particulars, I just remember that the general idea is that scorched earth is where you get new growth. Or maybe it's just a really good way to kill weeds. I'm not sure. I just smile when I think of Walt hossing those flames around his yard in New Mexico, while his fearless dog Ace looked on approvingly.