Each year, Antigonish Farmers’ Mutual is called on to respond to several claims as a result of grass burning. Sometimes the damage occurs at our policy holder’s property but often the fire spreads from the owner’s property to an adjacent property. In all cases, the homeowner felt that they were burning their grass safely, until the fire got away from them.
Many people feel that burning their grass is beneficial to their lawn; however, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed the myth that burned grass grows back greener is not supported by science. Not only does grass burning increase the risks to people and property, it causes significant firefighting costs to taxpayers every year. Burning grass destroys the habitat of many species, such as small birds that nest in tall grass and old vegetation. We strongly encourage you not to burn your grass.
A list of grass burning myths and facts is available here.