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About Our Ongoing Native Landscaping Maintenance Program

We perform vegetation maintenance on most of the restoration projects that we install. It kind of depends how we get the projects, whether they were bid on or just proposed to the client outside of any formal bidding process. But I would say most residential and corporate and even public sector projects have a management (maintenance) contract associated with them. Some of our clients like to do the maintenance themselves, but most of our clients choose to have PRI crews  maintain their sites. What Native Landscape Maintenance Entails Maintenance is extremely crucial to the success of any sort of native landscape restoration project,...

Buckthorn Overspray Season

While most people keep track of the year in seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter) I tend to break the year down into seasons based on the work we are doing at Prairie Restorations. Burn season, integrated plant management season (IPM), buckthorn overspray season, and buckthorn cutting season. We are fast approaching buckthorn overspray season, or as most people call it, fall. Some of our offices may already have started spraying buckthorn or will be starting soon. I’ve been managing the woods at the Target Corporate Campus since I started...

Continuing the Conversation: Brad Vierkant on Weed Control

Editor’s note:  In an earlier post last week we talked with our Princeton Services Manager, Brad Vierkant, about integrated plant management (IPM).  An important facet of that process is weed control, and in this post Brad gets into detail on what’s involved.   Interviewer:  Can you talk a bit more about weed control?  It seems that this is an important part of maintaining a native landscape installation. Brad:  You’re quite right.  With some of our clients, we have an IPM contract in place where we handle...

Interview with Services Manager Brad Vierkant: The Basics of Integrated Plant Management

You might think that here at our native landscaping company that we’re all about installing native landscapes and selling native seeds and plants.  And you may have seen some our videos on prescribed burns and those involving the removal of invasive species like buckthorn.  But a major part of the work we do includes ongoing management of the landscapes we install.   Plant management is an involved process.  As part of our ongoing series of interviews with our various staff members, we talked recently with Brad Vierkant about what  IPM (integrated plant management) involves.   One of his responsibilities is...

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...

Winter is the Time to Tackle Buckthorn and Oak Wilt

Cutting buckthornIt is the middle of January and winter has flexed its muscles. Many people would assume that a company named “Prairie Restorations” would be sitting back enjoying some quiet time before spring arrives and with it a flurry of activity, but they would be wrong. We have crews out across the state working on projects. Our typical winter field work consists of buckthorn removal along with other woody invasives, but this year we have a variety of other projects happening. In the west metro we...

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...

Fall Means Hunting Season for Many at PRI

weed whipping IIFall is upon us and so is great weather, fall colors, harvest, and many hunting seasons. I love this time of year. The weather is great with cool evenings, crisp mornings and the summer heat behind us. Leaves have begun to change from their varying shades of summer green to the spectacular array of yellow, orange, red, and maroon. As cooler weather descends upon Minnesota the presence of large green and red machinery starts to become evident in soybean and corn fields. I am...

Life in a Prairie

frog & monarda IIThere’s more to a prairie than just its plants. If you ever walk through a prairie, you will notice there is tons of life to be seen. Just stand still among the flowers and grasses to see the life in a prairie unfold. Soon you will see the busy little bumble bees pollinating away. The beautiful butterflies sipping nectar among the purple blazing star flowers. The tree frogs awaiting patiently atop a leaf for their insect meal to pass by. The rabbits darting about trying to keep...

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...
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