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Concerned About Climate Change? How Switching to Landscaping With Native Plants Can Help

Multi-color climate change icon It comes as no surprise to us that most of the people we talk to these days are concerned about climate change. It’s been our experience that Minnesotans have for the most part been interested in doing their part to protect the natural resources of our beautiful state. And their proactive interest extends far beyond our borders. But often the most beneficial activities begin on a local level. After all, for most of...

There Are Benefits to Landscaping with Minnesota Native Plants Even in the Winter

Whenever we talk about restoring a section of land with plants, trees, and shrubs that are native to the Minnesota area we’re working with, most people picture wildflowers in full bloom and prairie grasses swaying in the breeze. Or maybe it’s seed heads in the fall. But did you know that even in winter the advantages of native plant species abound? Mountain Ash (sorbus decora) in winter One major advantage that you get from landscaping with Minnesota native plant species is their hardy resistance to...

Harvesting Our Minnesota Native Seed Crops

As we approach the official start of fall tomorrow, we’re thinking about harvest. For us, a big part of our work this season is involved with harvesting and processing the various native seed crops we grow. These seeds are available both for purchase in our retail stores, as well as for use in native landscape restoration projects. Most agricultural crops like corn are annuals that need to be planted every year.  But things are a bit different on our farms. The vast majority of our native seed production plots are perennials, which means that they regrow every...

For a Healthy Native Minnesota Landscape Project, a Mix of Plants Is the Answer

If you’ve checked out any of our native Minnesota landscape restoration projects you have probably noticed we use a combination of plant species. Shown below is one of our corporate native prairie restoration projects, for Carlson Toyota in Coon Rapids. At first glance you probably see the purple liatris and golden heliopsis (common ox-eye daisy), but this stretch of ground bordering their parking lot is host to quite a few native wildflowers and grasses. native Minnesota wildflowers beside parking lot Just...

Why Invasive Plants Pose a Threat to Minnesota’s Natural Environment

As a Minnesota landscaping company specializing in restoring native prairies and other native plant ecosystems, one of the challenges we face is eradication of invasive plant species. Before we can start on a native plant installation project, often the first thing we have to do is get rid of invasive plants such as buckthorn. Just what qualifies as an invasive species? According to the USDA, it is any plant that is not native to the area (or ecosystem) in question, and if introduced can cause harm to the environment, the local economy, or human health. Not counting aquatic plants...

Why You May Want to Put in a Bee Sanctuary in Your Minnesota Backyard

As a Minnesota native landscaping company we’ve had the great joy of being part of a number of landscaping installation projects in partnership with solar power entities. In addition to the terrific benefits for the property owners as well as the restoration and protection of our natural environment, often the wildflowers that are part of these projects provide habitat for bees and other threatened pollinators. This topic is of utmost importance to us, and it’s satisfying to see more and more land that would otherwise sit idle being converted to a haven for those winged creatures. ...

…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 can...

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 important...

Prairie Rose: A Drought-Resistant Native Minnesota Shrub

Prairie rose, (Rosa arkansana) is an incredibly drought-resistant low growing shrub. This plant still greens up and blooms even during the most severe and prolonged dry spells, such as the dust bowl years of the 1930’s. The plants can grow from seed, but once established will spread through rhizomes. The stems of the plant will die back after a year or two or three, but are replaced by new shoots from the tough rhizomes. The prairie rose thrives on fire and will often...

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 scouting...