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Creating a Meditation Garden with Minnesota Native Plants Can Recharge Your Soul

If you’ve read any of our blog articles, you are probably aware that we talk often about the benefits of restoring a section of Minnesota land to the way it existed before man disturbed it with plows or road construction. Yes, it creates a refuge and needed habitat for wildlife. Yes, it reduces the need for watering, fertilizing, weeding, and other types of maintenance. Yes, it creates a natural environment that fits more with the history of the area. But did you know that having a spot like this can actually benefit your soul? ...

Concerned About Climate Change? How Switching to Landscaping With Native Plants Can Help

Multi-color climate change icon It comes as no surprise to us that most of the people we talk to these days are concerned about climate change. It’s been our experience that Minnesotans have for the most part been interested in doing their part to protect the natural resources of our beautiful state. And their proactive interest extends far beyond our borders. But often the most beneficial activities begin on a local level. After all, for most of...

About Controlled Burning in Our Minnesota Native Landscape Restoration Projects

With the out-of-control wildfires in Australia, we realize that the topic of fire is a difficult one for most people to even engage. Our hearts go out to the people of Australia, and we’re mourning the loss of life – people, animals, and even plant species. But we thought this might be a good time for an educational post on the benefit of controlled fires – what is known in our landscape industry as prescribed burning. Fire has its benefits, and even Mother Nature makes use of it from time to time. While it...

Why Our Minnesota Native Landscaping Company Still Hunts for Undisturbed Pockets of Land in Our Area

Although very little of what we’d call native prairie, savanna (grassland/mixed), or other type of natural, undisturbed land exists around our state, occasionally we hear of – or discover – a small section that has been untouched by human intervention like farming or home building. Those discoveries are like rare treasure for us. Finding a plot of land that is basically the same as it has been for centuries is almost like a prospector stumbling upon a never-worked vein of ore. For one...

There Are Benefits to Landscaping with Minnesota Native Plants Even in the Winter

Whenever we talk about restoring a section of land with plants, trees, and shrubs that are native to the Minnesota area we’re working with, most people picture wildflowers in full bloom and prairie grasses swaying in the breeze. Or maybe it’s seed heads in the fall. But did you know that even in winter the advantages of native plant species abound? Mountain Ash (sorbus decora) in winter One major advantage that you get from landscaping with Minnesota native plant species is their hardy resistance to...

When Is the Right Time to Plan a Minnesota Native Landscaping Restoration Project?

If you’ve already decided you want to restore a part of your residential, shoreline, agricultural, or commercial property with plants, shrubs and trees native to the area, congratulations! Chances are you’ve got lots of things you’d like to know about what’s involved. But your first question might be when a good time would be to get the planning process going. The easiest answer is, Any time is a good time to plan a native landscape restoration project. But more specific to this time of year is our preferred answer – right now! ...

Shopping for Natural Gifts This Holiday? Check Out Our Minnesota Native Landscaping Retail Store

As you’re going down your holiday shopping list and planning your trips to the malls and online, have you included our Princeton Native Plant Center’s retail store? It’s the perfect place to find something nature-themed for those on your list who love nature. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for a favorite nephew, your child’s teacher, or even your spouse, we have a wide variety of items that will appeal to just about everyone. You’ll find seasonal items such as candles and holiday decorations as well as books, nature artwork, bird feeders and supplies, and children’s...

Why Minnesota Commercial Property Owners Should Consider Native Landscaping

If you’re at all familiar with our company, you may already know that we have done landscaping with native plants for a variety of installations – all the way from residential to governmental to corporate properties. In this article we’d like to focus on the advantages and benefits of restoring at least a portion of the land surrounding commercial buildings with native plant species. This category includes such diverse things as grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and even trees. Centra Care Health Plaza,...

People Ask Our Native Landscaping Staff: “What Do You Do All Winter?”

Those of us working at Prairie Restorations, Inc., are often asked this simple question. What do we do all winter? It is fair, given the nature of our work. You might think that an operation based on growing plants comes to a halt once the weather turns cold. But like farmers will tell you, just because the calendar shows the year is coming to a close, our work isn’t. Yes, we’re focused on seed harvesting right now, but once those seeds have been collected, we don’t get to rest. Believe it or not, there...

Harvesting Our Minnesota Native Seed Crops

As we approach the official start of fall tomorrow, we’re thinking about harvest. For us, a big part of our work this season is involved with harvesting and processing the various native seed crops we grow. These seeds are available both for purchase in our retail stores, as well as for use in native landscape restoration projects. Most agricultural crops like corn are annuals that need to be planted every year.  But things are a bit different on our farms. The vast majority of our native seed production plots are perennials, which means that they regrow every...