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About Our Ongoing Native Landscaping Maintenance Program

We perform vegetation maintenance on most of the restoration projects that we install. It kind of depends how we get the projects, whether they were bid on or just proposed to the client outside of any formal bidding process. But I would say most residential and corporate and even public sector projects have a management (maintenance) contract associated with them. Some of our clients like to do the maintenance themselves, but most of our clients choose to have PRI crews  maintain their sites. What Native Landscape Maintenance Entails Maintenance is extremely crucial to the success of any sort of native landscape restoration project,...

Talking About the History of Native Seed Production with PRI’s Mike Evenocheck

Editor’s note: Being able to have ready access to local origin, historically accurate species for use in our restoration projects is central to Prairie Restoration’s mission and philosophy.  In this post our Director of Sales and Marketing, Mike Evenocheck, gives us a bit of the back story on PRI seed production.   Interviewer:  Can we talk about the way that Prairie Restorations works in producing native seeds? Why don’t you share a little bit of the history of Prairie Restorations and how seed production...

Solar Farms & Native Minnesota Pollinator Habitat: A Natural Partnership

Recently I was asked about what’s new at Prairie Restorations, and I talked about our new location in Lewiston, Minnesota.  But there’s something else that’s relatively new that I wanted to discuss in this post, and that’s how the increase in solar power production has affected native landscape restoration industry, particularly in relation to providing habitat for threatened pollinators. As many people are aware, there are literally hundreds of solar farms being built across Minnesota and adjoining...

Sedge Seed Collection at PRI

There are two main sedges I collect seed for in the fall. Carex lupulina, also known as Hop sedge, grows in sunny to shady conditions, in wet to mesic soils. It is a good choice for rain gardens, along swamp edges and lake shore. It has an interesting hop-like seed head. Seed heads form in July and start turning brown when ripe in later September. Seeds from sedges are an important food source for birds and turtles. Carex grayi, also known as Common bur sedge, grows in...

Good News for Pollinators: Increasing Native Habitat

Editor’s note:  Frequent media coverage on the critical state of pollinator populations – including butterflies and bees – has brought the importance of restoring native pollinator habitat to the attention of the public. And thankfully there has been a great response.  We talked recently with PRI’s Mike Evenocheck to get an update on what’s happening.   Interviewer:  Mike, can we talk a bit about pollinator habitat, especially for butterflies and bees?  I know this field is an extremely important one in terms of native landscape restoration....

Interview with Mike Evenocheck, Director of Sales & Marketing at Our Native Landscaping Company

Mike Evenocheck  Editor’s Note: With fall just around the corner, change is definitely in the air.  There are also some changes at our Midwest native landscaping company.  We recently talked with PRI’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Mike Evenocheck, and he brought us up to date on some of the exciting things happening...

Buckthorn Overspray Season

While most people keep track of the year in seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter) I tend to break the year down into seasons based on the work we are doing at Prairie Restorations. Burn season, integrated plant management season (IPM), buckthorn overspray season, and buckthorn cutting season. We are fast approaching buckthorn overspray season, or as most people call it, fall. Some of our offices may already have started spraying buckthorn or will be starting soon. I’ve been managing the woods at the Target Corporate Campus since I started...

This Is My Time To Care For What I Can

Finally watched the last leaves of a dying tree, a pin oak, blow off in the spring breeze. The health of the tree was in steady decline starting only about a year ago. The passing was abrupt, not entirely expected, and left us with a few decent weekends of sawing, splitting, hauling brush and logs. Spare time and sticktoitiveness is not the entire cost however. Given the close proximity to the house and pole shed, we had to have it dropped in pieces by a contractor with a...

What Goes On at Our Various Minnesota Native Landscaping Locations

Our Midwest native landscaping company consists of more than just one location.  In fact, throughout the state of Minnesota we have six separate facilities. While they each have the capability to provide the same services, their focus and primary function tends to vary, depending on the need. For example, just west of Duluth we have our Boreal Natives facility.  This location produces seeds and plants that are native to northeastern Minnesota as well as northwestern Wisconsin. Another one of the main functions here is producing all of trees and shrubs that our company uses and sells.  These might find their...

Continuing the Conversation: Brad Vierkant on Weed Control

Editor’s note:  In an earlier post last week we talked with our Princeton Services Manager, Brad Vierkant, about integrated plant management (IPM).  An important facet of that process is weed control, and in this post Brad gets into detail on what’s involved.   Interviewer:  Can you talk a bit more about weed control?  It seems that this is an important part of maintaining a native landscape installation. Brad:  You’re quite right.  With some of our clients, we have an IPM contract in place where we handle...
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