Follow us on
Call Us Today!
1-800-837-5986
Prairie Restorations, Inc. Blog Home

Come Out to The Native Plant Center in Princeton MN for These Upcoming Spring Public Events

One of the benefits of having our beautiful 380-acre farm as the headquarters for our Minnesota landscape restoration company is being able to host the public for fun and informative events outdoors.  Since we also have one of our retail stores at this location, it really gives us an opportunity to educate people about the need for restoring and preserving our native plant communities. Each year we have quite a full calendar of these free events, but this spring you can participate in either or both of these two just by calling us at 763-631-9458 to register. Native...

About Our Minnesota Native Landscaping Company’s Retail Stores

by Heidi Sjoquist, Director of Retail Operations            Heidi Sjoquist At first glance you might think our native landscaping company is only about the installing and maintaining native landscapes for various clients across the Upper Midwest.  While installation and vegetation management is a huge part of what we do, we also have other important functions, and one of those is our retail stores. It might surprise...

New Location, New To Me

Before starting at the Prairie Restoration’s Lewiston office, I had never spent much time in Southeastern Minnesota. In my short time here I have found there is so much to explore in what is called the Coulee region. The views from Great River Bluffs State Park give a panoramic view of the Mississippi and Black River valleys. The region is crisscrossed by rivers and creeks that, over the ages, have carved lazy paths into the landscape. As the Mississippi...

Paradigm Shift, Compliments of the Monarch

Growing up on a small farm in west central Minnesota, summer meant a couple of different things. There was probably hay to put up and Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) to pull. Back then, milkweed was a weed if you didn’t control it. This plant spread by rhizomes and that white floss that helps transport the seed would plug up tractor radiators and tickle the operator’s nose. The expansion of modern monoculture agriculture and chemicals have decimated the milkweed population. Milkweed attracts all kinds of insect pollinators including various...

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,...

Talking About the History of Native Seed Production with PRI’s Mike Evenocheck

Editor’s note: Being able to have ready access to local origin, historically accurate species for use in our restoration projects is central to Prairie Restoration’s mission and philosophy.  In this post our Director of Sales and Marketing, Mike Evenocheck, gives us a bit of the back story on PRI seed production.   Interviewer:  Can we talk about the way that Prairie Restorations works in producing native seeds? Why don’t you share a little bit of the history of Prairie Restorations and how seed production...

Solar Farms & Native Minnesota Pollinator Habitat: A Natural Partnership

Recently I was asked about what’s new at Prairie Restorations, and I talked about our new location in Lewiston, Minnesota.  But there’s something else that’s relatively new that I wanted to discuss in this post, and that’s how the increase in solar power production has affected native landscape restoration industry, particularly in relation to providing habitat for threatened pollinators. As many people are aware, there are literally hundreds of solar farms being built across Minnesota and adjoining...

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...

Good News for Pollinators: Increasing Native Habitat

Editor’s note:  Frequent media coverage on the critical state of pollinator populations – including butterflies and bees – has brought the importance of restoring native pollinator habitat to the attention of the public. And thankfully there has been a great response.  We talked recently with PRI’s Mike Evenocheck to get an update on what’s happening.   Interviewer:  Mike, can we talk a bit about pollinator habitat, especially for butterflies and bees?  I know this field is an extremely important one in terms of native landscape restoration....

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...