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Managing Solar Vegetation

As the number of solar panels being installed continues to grow throughout the Upper Midwest, so do the pollinator-friendly prairies below them. This has given us the opportunity to install and maintain native prairies on an ever-growing scale. Prairie Restorations has made a large effort to ramp up in order to care for this newly restored land. New positions have been created and new, specialized equipment has been allocated to a number of PRI offices in order to keep up with the demand for this growing portfolio of work. ...

Feedback from a Native Prairie Landscaping Restoration Customer

Worth the Wait! (Editor’s note: It’s always great to hear feedback from our customers. Recently Bill Matthaei, a customer that is working with our Bluestem Farm near Hawley, MN, kindly took the time to tell us about his experiences. Bill’s comments wonderfully illustrate how being patient is a very important part of the process when working with native landscapes. The photos shown below are from Bill’s property.) I’m glad Tyler Luedke and Blaine Keller, project managers at Prairie Restorations, advised me that it would take three to four years before my replanted native prairie grasses and flowers would begin to really...

Want to Learn More About Landscaping with Native Plants? Check Out Our Online Resource Library

Interested in the concept of landscaping with native plants but wondering just where to begin?  A visit to our Online Resource Library may be the answer.  Packed with pages of useful information, this library can help you get acquainted with all things native. And remember, an on-site consultation with one of our restoration ecologists is only a phone call away! “Get a life in which you are generous.  Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night.  And realize that life is glorious, and that...

Diversity and Richness of Minnesota Wetlands

The Boreal Natives’ seed department has been busy the last two weeks picking wetland seed species. We have been targeting sedges and have mainly focused on Carex retrorsa (Knot sheathed sedge) and Carex vulpinoidea (Fox sedge). When sloshing around northern Minnesota wetlands picking seed, you are able to experience firsthand these important ecosystems. We have been seeing many different insects, birds and frogs. The diversity of a quality wetland ecosystem is truly amazing. Our recent wetland visits have reaffirmed to me how important...

Native Landscaping Restoration Tips: Protecting Against Erosion

As many of us recently experienced, this time of year is prone to strong storms and heavy rains. When embarking on a new seeding project, it is crucial to plan for the possibility of erosion and what steps might need to be taken. This is especially true given the slow nature of native species establishment. Otherwise, all of your hard work, time and money can be literally washed down the drain. So what are the most common and effective erosion control tools used in restoration? ...

Prairie Rose: A Drought-Resistant Native Minnesota Shrub

Prairie rose, (Rosa arkansana) is an incredibly drought-resistant low growing shrub. This plant still greens up and blooms even during the most severe and prolonged dry spells, such as the dust bowl years of the 1930’s. The plants can grow from seed, but once established will spread through rhizomes. The stems of the plant will die back after a year or two or three, but are replaced by new shoots from the tough rhizomes. The prairie rose thrives on fire and will often...

Meet Our New Scandia Services Site Manager

Employee Profile: Erin O’Leary Erin O’Leary and friend Erin O’Leary is the new site manager at our Two Oaks office in Scandia, Minnesota. She has worked at PRI since 2013 where she started as an intern and then worked as a project manager and restorationist in Princeton. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a master’s degree in horticulture,...

Prairie Restorations News: Updates and Changes from Ron Bowen

photo courtesy of Mpls St Paul Magazine I have been writing these “words” for some time now – maybe even five years or so.  That would be 20 times. Wow. Although many of them have rambled it has been my privilege to share with you random thoughts, ecological tidbits, quotes, poems and other musings of environmental ethics.  After all, the work we do...

Minnesota Native Plant Center: Upcoming Free Family Fun Events 2018

If you are looking for some interesting family activities as the summer is winding down, check out our Free Family Fun events at The Native Plant Center in Princeton, Minnesota (located at our company headquarters). FREE FAMILY FUN – AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES Saturday August 11th, 9:00 a.m. to noon Learn about amphibians and reptiles from representatives of the Minnesota Herpetological Society. The presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Afterwards you will be able to interact with live animals, and the retail staff will help you create a free kids’ craft to take home!! FREE FAMILY FUN – POLLINATORS Saturday September 15th,...

Plant Natives and Promote Pollinators

My name is Heide See and I have worked at Prairie Restorations for three years now. This is a great company and I have really found a passion for native plants. Most jobs you won’t find this kind of family and these kinds of people. I love how friendly everyone is and it has made me want to be just like all of them. Every day I learn something new and it’s just as exciting as the next. I consider...