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Bringing People Together With The Land

As an employee of PRI for over two years now, I have heard and seen our slogan, “bringing people together with the land” many times. Not only is it catchy and on the bottom of all of my email signatures, but it is also rather fitting for a company like ours. I have never really stopped to think about it until the other day while I was working in my own little prairie at home. Last year, my wife and I decided to replace a small flower bed in the middle of...

Greetings From The Scandia Store

As we turn from the unusual spring into seemingly summer this week, nature sure keeps us on our toes! If you are one of the fortunate who is heading up to the lake and are tired of mowing at home and at your cabin retreat, stop into one of our stores to get some ideas on how to make that a thing of the past. There are a lot great shrubs, plants and grasses that can help you achieve a beautiful landscape that is low maintenance. There are many benefits to adding...

Sedge Seed Collection at PRI

There are two main sedges I collect seed for in the fall. Carex lupulina, also known as Hop sedge, grows in sunny to shady conditions, in wet to mesic soils. It is a good choice for rain gardens, along swamp edges and lake shore. It has an interesting hop-like seed head. Seed heads form in July and start turning brown when ripe in later September. Seeds from sedges are an important food source for birds and turtles. Carex grayi, also known as Common bur sedge, grows in...

Interview with Mike Evenocheck, Director of Sales & Marketing at Our Native Landscaping Company

Mike Evenocheck  Editor’s Note: With fall just around the corner, change is definitely in the air.  There are also some changes at our Midwest native landscaping company.  We recently talked with PRI’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Mike Evenocheck, and he brought us up to date on some of the exciting things happening...

This Is My Time To Care For What I Can

Finally watched the last leaves of a dying tree, a pin oak, blow off in the spring breeze. The health of the tree was in steady decline starting only about a year ago. The passing was abrupt, not entirely expected, and left us with a few decent weekends of sawing, splitting, hauling brush and logs. Spare time and sticktoitiveness is not the entire cost however. Given the close proximity to the house and pole shed, we had to have it dropped in pieces by a contractor with a...

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...

Early Summer Wildlife Encounters

Many of us here at Prairie Restorations know that early summer does not only mean the arrival of spring-time forbs and cool-season grasses. It also means the arrival of nesting waterfowl birds, upland game birds, and also the birth of many different species of animals. In the early part of June many different species of waterfowl take full advantage of our native prairies. From birds as small as the Blue-Winged Teal to birds as large as the Canadian Goose, they...

Bringing People Together With The Land

Hello from the retail store in Scandia! As we move into the new season here, it has been lot of fun to watch throughout the years how our prairie around the building has matured. Our customers enjoy it as well; when they come in and tell us after walking past “that is what I want my yard to be!” From the beginners to the people who’ve been at it awhile, it’s great to talk with them about their experiences and hear about what is working and what isn’t. For those we see on...

Why We Opted for Minnesota Native Prairie Landscaping for Our Corporate Campus

An Interview with Troy Schmidke, CEO/Owner Design Ready Controls (Editor’s note:  Design Ready Controls  (DRC) serves a global market from their facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.  They chose Prairie Restorations, Inc. to convert a portion of their campus land to native plants, and we recently talked with CEO Troy Schmidke about that project.) Question:  What inspired you to take a more nontraditional approach to landscaping the campus at Design Ready Controls? Answer:  I have always been an avid outdoors person.  I learned to hunt and fish with my dad as a kid around our family farm; I spent many years hiking, mountaineering and...

Plant Communities – what are they and why does it matter

Mesic prairie“Birds of a feather flock together” applies to plants as much as it does to people who act the same and hang out together. How, when, and where plants flock together has always been my thing. Maybe it was the early influence on me by my college advisor, one the old greats, and founder of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research. He prodded us to explore obsessively up and down the elevations of the Colorado Front Range observing the ecotones (that transition one community to another) and notice in which...