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Musings while Cleaning Native Seed

Seed cleaning season is here, and as we started working on this year’s harvest, an as-of-now unidentified invader (see photo) was spotted crawling around our work area. This unknown larvae has been pouring out of our drying Aster piles in large numbers and appears to be residing in a re-purposed seed husk and crawling around with it like a hermit crab. In a crop-based line of work, one’s thoughts can quickly jump to the question of whether or not a particular creature is a pest. Though some of the things...

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...

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...

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...

I work in the retail store at PRI’s main headquarters location in Princeton, MN. I think the most rewarding part of my job is seeing and hearing the excitement and enthusiasm in the customers’ eyes and voices as they talk about their existing native landscapes. They rave about how interesting and beautiful they are and how glad they are that they decided to “go native.” Then there are the new customers who are very stoked about beginning their new project and what a difference they are going to be...

Spring Is A Busy Time At PRI

My name is Aaron Soltau and I am a project manager with Prairie Restorations Inc. What can I say, spring is finally here! Now that the weather has turned, PRI crews are out in full force working on projects across the region. This includes the installation of new projects and taking care of (managing) existing ones. Personally, I have been very busy with mowings, prescribed burning and seeding CRP projects. Throughout the upcoming season I will have the opportunity to work with many wonderful people on dozens of...