Lavender plants produce nice long stemmed flowers for about five years. We then pull them out of the grown with our loader. The stems are thick and lots of soil comes out with them. In the past we have burnt the plants but that seemed too polluting to continue. I have a burn permit but just last week Roberto and I decided to see if we could shred them with our flail mower. Luckily and with a little help from Fernando in the loader we accomplished the job quite easily. This ground will now be the winter home for the chickens.