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What Goes On at Our Various Minnesota Native Landscaping Locations

Our Midwest native landscaping company consists of more than just one location.  In fact, throughout the state of Minnesota we have six separate facilities. While they each have the capability to provide the same services, their focus and primary function tends to vary, depending on the need. For example, just west of Duluth we have our Boreal Natives facility.  This location produces seeds and plants that are native to northeastern Minnesota as well as northwestern Wisconsin. Another one of the main functions here is producing all of trees and shrubs that our company uses and sells.  These might find their...

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...

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...

July Means Collecting Seeds and Nuts for Native Trees & Shrubs

The month of July begins a transition time for our Boreal Natives’ tree and shrub production crew, as we start the process of wrapping up our planting of seedlings and plugs that we look forward to selling in the years ahead, to the collection of seeds and nuts that we will process into the transplants of the future. In the coming weeks we will concentrate on Amelanchier species (commonly referred to as Juneberries or serviceberries), Vaccinium species (lowbush blueberries), Cornus species (dogwoods), Prunus species (pin cherry, chokecherry, and sand cherry), and Symphoricarpus...

Interview with President Ron Bowen: How Our Minnesota Native Landscaping Company Got Its Start

Editor’s note:  President and founder Ron Bowen was interviewed by St. Cloud radio station KVSC manager Jo McMullen a few years ago prior to one of our Prairie Day events.  Among other things, Jo asked Ron about how he got his start in the native landscaping business.  What follows is an excerpt of that interview, which is basically our company’s back story.   Jo:  It’s probably become in vogue, if you will, in the last decade to restore prairies around businesses or for green-minded homeowners. But you’ve been doing this for...

Preserving Natural Prairie Lands in Minnesota

In our earlier post, we shared about pockets of remnant prairie that still remain in their natural state in Minnesota. When these areas are found, it’s crucial that we protect them from development and preserve what exists. In this article we’ll share about one success story – Roscoe Prairie.   About 20 mile west of St. Cloud near Paynesville there is an area called Roscoe Prairie.  It’s a beautiful little parcel, about 56 acres. In the St. Cloud area there are many outcroppings of granite.  Obviously rocky land like that couldn’t be plowed.  Farmers may have grazed their livestock on...

Identifying Natural Prairie Lands in Minnesota

At Prairie Restorations, Inc, most of our projects involve restoring prairies and other native landscapes in Minnesota and other states in our region.  These projects also involve converting already built landscapes into ecologically sound native landscapes.  But occasionally we hear about a pocket of land that still exists as it has been for hundreds of years.  And when we find those areas, it’s very gratifying, for a number of reasons. In the not-too-distant past, before...

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...
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