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Prairie Restoration for Dummies

I’ve learned a lot over the last 3 years working here, with still so much more to learn, but hopefully I’m not a “prairie dummy” anymore. 2008, our first spring living on our little hobby farm, better known at that time as ‘little dump on the prairie’, I looked south out the window one afternoon and saw black smoke billowing from Carleton hill (near Northfield, MN). I immediately thought there was a wild fire and I should probably call 911. Luckily, my neighbor, a wise old farmer from down the road, stopped in and I told him...

Spotlight on Our Princeton Native Landscaping Services Manager, Brad Vierkant

Editor’s note:  This post is part of our ongoing series of interviews with the various staff members at our Midwest native landscaping company.  In today’s post we’re talking with Brad Vierkant, one of our services managers.     Interviewer:  Brad, could you start out by telling us about what your particular job involves? Brad:  I am the services manager at our Princeton facility, one of six locations we have in the state of Minnesota.  That’s a fairly broad title, and it involves quite a number of...

How Can We Protect Threatened Pollinators? Minnesota Bee & Pollinators Solutions! Part 2 of Our Interview with ‎Janna Jonely, Director of Retail Operations at Prairie Restorations, Inc.

shoreline pondEditor’s Note: In Part 1 of this interview, Janna Jonely, Director of Retail Operations, discusses pollinator conservation and conditions that threaten their survival. Continuing with the interview, she talks about possible solutions. Question: We’ve talked about the threats to pollinators. What is the solution to our problem here, and how would you define the problem? Answer:The problem is the habitat doesn’t exist, and so we have to build new habitat. Basically what it boils down to is the wilderness that is left in this part of...

Wrapping Up End of Year Projects

PluggingIIOur fall “push” is upon us and we are all very busy seeding and planting before the ground freezes and the snow begins to fly. It is always fun to look back on what we as a team here at PRI have accomplished so far this season: • Many pounds of seed have been harvested, processed, mixed and packed for our various customers. • Thousands of plants/shrubs were grown from seed for us to sell and use to enhance our own restoration projects. • Hundreds of...

Still Time to Plant Trees & Shrubs

tree padIt is difficult to believe we are about to say good bye to the month of August already, the growing season seems to be passing quickly. Not to worry, though, if you still have designs of getting your planting done before it becomes too late. This is a good time of year for planting your trees or shrubs, just make sure to allow 6-8 weeks for the plants to root up before the ground freezes. Water them well between the time you plant and when the ground...

Grants Available for Isanti County Landowners

blazing star close upGreat news for Isanti County Landowners!! Isanti County Pheasants Forever is offering grants to Isanti County landowners for planting or maintaining prairie. This program favors prairie plantings of 2 acres or greater that will offer habitat for pheasants and other wildlife. Prairie Restorations, Inc. has been selected to provide services for this prairie establishment program. Grant applications are handled through the Isanti Soil and Water Conservation District (763-689-3271; www.IsantiSWCD.org). The funds cover 90% of costs, while the landowner must...

Can’t Fight Mother Nature!

Bruce Margie 9-8Winter is hanging on this year for a bit longer than usual. This week I’ve seen Great Blue Herons & Sand Hill Cranes back from migration & walking on frozen ponds, wishing there were some frogs & fish instead of cold & ice. This is the time of the season that we would like to begin our prairie burning season and dormant mowings, but we still have snow cover and another round of heavy snow coming in the next couple of days. We are however keeping busy with finishing...

It’s not too late…….

Frosty PrairieJust because it is cold outside doesn’t mean you have to forget about that native landscape you’ve been thinking about. Now, before the snow really starts to pile up, is a great time to have one of our experienced staff members out to assess your site and prepare a restoration plan for next year. We will meet with you to discuss your vision and goals for your property. We will then create a plan that is tailored to your site’s specific soil types, moisture and sunlight levels, and also...

Adding a Walking Trail to Your Prairie or Woodland

fall mapleThe leaves are turning color and starting to fall indicating that autumn has finally arrived. It seems like it’s happening a couple of weeks later than usual. I enjoy the fall because I enjoy bow hunting and because it means our season is winding down from a very busy summer. We are still quite busy, however, spraying buckthorn right now. In another week the buckthorn will be real easy to spot in the woods because it will be the only tree that is still green. This is why we...

Native Plants Benefiting Waterfowl and Upland Birds

mallardAs summer seems to be starting in much of the state, here in Boreal Native’s country in Northeastern Minnesota nature is still playing catch-up after a long and snowy winter.  While steelhead are still running in the rivers up the north shore and the Juneberries (Amelanchier ssp.) are finally blooming, preparations for the year have been long in the making.  Seed field production plans are being put in motion, grass and wildflower species that were seeded in February are now potted into six packs and 4” pots ready...
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