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Winter is Coming…

No, I am not referring to the dramatic HBO TV show Game of Thrones, but the honest truth that winter and all of its lovely attributes like slippery roads, shoveling driveways, and 40 below wind chills is right around the corner! Here at the Princeton office, we are working hard to get all of our fall work wrapped up before that nasty white stuff slows us way down. The main projects that we have been working tirelessly on since Mid-October have been the installation of a native grasses and...

Diversity Improves Wildlife Habitat

The past few years I have had the privilege in restoring an agricultural farmed field into a native grassland for wildlife. Like most people, this gentleman’s outlook was to have his entire property straight native grasses with some wildflowers. When restoring properties for wildlife there is much more than a need for native grasses and wildflowers, we need to focus on the big picture. In order to hold more wildlife on your property you need a mix of habitat, which usually consist of bedding,...

Consider using Woodland Sod Flats in your landscape

Woodland Sod Flats are an economical way to restore your shady area. They are 1.42 square feet (10” x 20.5”) jammed full of a mixture of grasses, sedges and flowers for shade ranging from 1 to 3 feet high. Sod flats include Kalm’s brome, Dewey’s sedge, Graceful sedge, Long-beaked sedge, Bottlebrush grass, Many-flowered woodrush, Columbine, Large-leaved aster, Bishop’s cap, Virginia waterleaf, Woodland phlox, Zig zag goldenrod, Lindley’s aster, Calico aster, and Early meadow rue. When planting sod flats, they can...

The Buckthorn Removal Process

Well, it looks like fall is finally here!! If you are like me spring, summer and winter is spent in anticipation of cool autumn days and the activities that come with it. At Prairie Restorations, fall is also buckthorn over-spray season. The initial buckthorn removal typically takes place during the winter months. The next and most integral part of the process is the follow-up maintenance. With the removal of the larger buckthorn plants, more light and nutrients become available. The buckthorn seed lying...

…Same, but Different…

This is my 22nd year at Prairie Restorations, Inc. I can finally say that the years are starting to gel together. Time goes by one day at a time and, without even thinking about it, it has been twenty-two years. During my time working with native landscapes, I’ve really come to appreciate their variability. Each year there can be significant variations in a landscape all influenced by a combination of factors including weather, predation, human influences, etc…One year, there can...

Collecting Tree Seed At Boreal Natives

During the fall of my third year with Boreal Natives, we are putting a big emphasis on tree seed collecting. We are travelling out to a wide range of biomes across northern Minnesota & Wisconsin to collect different species of deciduous trees (Acer saccharinum, Acer saccharum, Betula alleghaniensis, & Betula papyrifera) and conifers (Larix laricina, Picea glauca, Picea mariana, Pinus resinosa, & Pinus strobus). Our goal is to collect seed from multiple sources in order to promote biodiversity and natural sustainability among...

What To Do About All That Rain

Last week’s (9/20) major rain event soaked large portions of Minnesota in 4 – 6 inches of rainfall over the course of a few hours, and likely has left many people wondering what to do about their stormwater management. Rain gardens are one of the many methods we use and promote at Prairie Restorations to manage rainfall. As a management method, rain gardens are both ecologically friendly (by allowing rainwater to infiltrate on site and providing habitat for organisms) and aesthetically pleasing. Because...

Minnesota – The State with Three Biomes

As I take a college course on biomes, I am reminded of the uniqueness that is Minnesota’s natural environment. We are fortunate to live in a state that has three different biomes, which is apparently unusual if you don’t have any mountains. Our biomes are the cool, coniferous boreal biome of the northeast, the open, windy prairie biome in southwest Minnesota, and sandwiched in between, the bright and varied fall colors in the deciduous woods biome. Add to that the 10,000+ lakes and wetlands that dot the state, and...

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...