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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...

For a Healthy Native Minnesota Landscape Project, a Mix of Plants Is the Answer

If you’ve checked out any of our native Minnesota landscape restoration projects you have probably noticed we use a combination of plant species. Shown below is one of our corporate native prairie restoration projects, for Carlson Toyota in Coon Rapids. At first glance you probably see the purple liatris and golden heliopsis (common ox-eye daisy), but this stretch of ground bordering their parking lot is host to quite a few native wildflowers and grasses. native Minnesota wildflowers beside parking lot Just...

Why Buckthorn Threatens Minnesota Plant & Animal Ecosystems

In a recent blog post we discussed Minnesota invasive plant species and the general threats they pose to our environment. In this article we’d like to focus on one of the biggest problem plants, the buckthorn. Not even a factor just a few decades ago, buckthorn control is at the top of the list in our plant management programs. First, what exactly is buckthorn and how did we get it here in Minnesota? Common Buckthorn Not to be confused with sea buckthorn, common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica )is a plant species that isn’t...

Why Invasive Plants Pose a Threat to Minnesota’s Natural Environment

As a Minnesota landscaping company specializing in restoring native prairies and other native plant ecosystems, one of the challenges we face is eradication of invasive plant species. Before we can start on a native plant installation project, often the first thing we have to do is get rid of invasive plants such as buckthorn. Just what qualifies as an invasive species? According to the USDA, it is any plant that is not native to the area (or ecosystem) in question, and if introduced can cause harm to the environment, the local economy, or human health. Not counting aquatic plants...

The Importance of Restoring Minnesota Shorelines with Native Plants

With Minnesota being known as the land of 10,000 lakes (actually, depending on who you believe, it could be over 21,000), there is quite a bit of shoreline out there. And that doesn’t even count the rivers. Some of that shoreline is government-owned or public access, while other footage is part of property occupied by lake homes and seasonal cabins. But no matter who owns the property or what it’s designated for, shoreline needs to be maintained. Restoration with native landscaping is a good place to start. Without the right vegetation...

Why You May Want to Put in a Bee Sanctuary in Your Minnesota Backyard

As a Minnesota native landscaping company we’ve had the great joy of being part of a number of landscaping installation projects in partnership with solar power entities. In addition to the terrific benefits for the property owners as well as the restoration and protection of our natural environment, often the wildflowers that are part of these projects provide habitat for bees and other threatened pollinators. This topic is of utmost importance to us, and it’s satisfying to see more and more land that would otherwise sit idle being converted to a haven for those winged creatures. ...

Minnesota Solar & Pollinator Habitat: A Native Landscaping Trend We’re Proud to Support

Solar power – particularly the type generated by utility companies – is growing in Minnesota. Consumer demand and a concern for our environment are fueling the increase in solar site installations. A 2016 bill passed by the Minnesota House and Senate (by near unanimous vote) established both guidelines and standards for solar companies to also include solar sanctuaries under their panels. Since then, thousands of acres of land beneath those solar arrays have been transformed into wildlife habitat, especially with native plants that support pollinators. And...