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Creating a Meditation Garden with Minnesota Native Plants Can Recharge Your Soul

If you’ve read any of our blog articles, you are probably aware that we talk often about the benefits of restoring a section of Minnesota land to the way it existed before man disturbed it with plows or road construction. Yes, it creates a refuge and needed habitat for wildlife. Yes, it reduces the need for watering, fertilizing, weeding, and other types of maintenance. Yes, it creates a natural environment that fits more with the history of the area. But did you know that having a spot like this can actually benefit your soul? ...

Why Our Minnesota Native Landscaping Company Still Hunts for Undisturbed Pockets of Land in Our Area

Although very little of what we’d call native prairie, savanna (grassland/mixed), or other type of natural, undisturbed land exists around our state, occasionally we hear of – or discover – a small section that has been untouched by human intervention like farming or home building. Those discoveries are like rare treasure for us. Finding a plot of land that is basically the same as it has been for centuries is almost like a prospector stumbling upon a never-worked vein of ore. For...

When Is the Right Time to Plan a Minnesota Native Landscaping Restoration Project?

If you’ve already decided you want to restore a part of your residential, shoreline, agricultural, or commercial property with plants, shrubs and trees native to the area, congratulations! Chances are you’ve got lots of things you’d like to know about what’s involved. But your first question might be when a good time would be to get the planning process going. The easiest answer is, Any time is a good time to plan a native landscape restoration project. But more specific to this time of year is our preferred answer –...

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...

…Same, but Different…

This is my 22nd year at Prairie Restorations, Inc. I can finally say that the years are starting to gel together. Time goes by one day at a time and, without even thinking about it, it has been twenty-two years. During my time working with native landscapes, I’ve really come to appreciate their variability. Each year there can be significant variations in a landscape all influenced by a combination of factors including weather, predation, human influences, etc…One year, there...

Feedback from a Native Prairie Landscaping Restoration Customer

Worth the Wait! (Editor’s note: It’s always great to hear feedback from our customers. Recently Bill Matthaei, a customer that is working with our Bluestem Farm near Hawley, MN, kindly took the time to tell us about his experiences. Bill’s comments wonderfully illustrate how being patient is a very important part of the process when working with native landscapes. The photos shown below are from Bill’s property.) I’m glad Tyler Luedke and Blaine Keller, project managers at Prairie Restorations, advised me that it would take three to four years before my replanted native prairie grasses and flowers would begin to really...

Diversity and Richness of Minnesota Wetlands

The Boreal Natives’ seed department has been busy the last two weeks picking wetland seed species. We have been targeting sedges and have mainly focused on Carex retrorsa (Knot sheathed sedge) and Carex vulpinoidea (Fox sedge). When sloshing around northern Minnesota wetlands picking seed, you are able to experience firsthand these important ecosystems. We have been seeing many different insects, birds and frogs. The diversity of a quality wetland ecosystem is truly amazing. Our recent wetland visits have reaffirmed to me how...

Native Landscaping Restoration Tips: Protecting Against Erosion

As many of us recently experienced, this time of year is prone to strong storms and heavy rains. When embarking on a new seeding project, it is crucial to plan for the possibility of erosion and what steps might need to be taken. This is especially true given the slow nature of native species establishment. Otherwise, all of your hard work, time and money can be literally washed down the drain. So what are the most common and effective erosion control tools used in restoration? ...

Timing is Everything With IPM – integrated plant management

Sand prairies were restored to the PRI Princeton farm from corn fields and they are beautiful. Sometimes I think about starting one of those projects photographing for 365 days in one spot. For me it would be the little knoll in front of the Native Plant Center. IPM is crucial to maintaining authenticity of even large restored native plant communities. Opportunistic annual and short-lived perennial species abound in our world and invade from edges to centers of restored areas without persistent...

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...