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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 one thing, these segments of natural land can be a source of native plant seed that we can then cultivate on one of our farm plots to produce more seed to be used for landscape restoration projects or for sale in our retail stores.  The possibility exists that the land may contain species of plants we haven’t been able to locate local specimens of before. And that is exciting.

What’s more, these little segments of land will contain a variety of native plants. When most farmers grow crops, it’s via what’s called monoculture – one type of plant.  As you drive through the countryside you’ll see it – acres and acres of wheat or corn, all the same. But Mother Nature doesn’t work like that.  Left alone, plants grow together and form communities.  You get a variety of plant species. 

When we identify an undisturbed section of land, we look for what we call ‘indicator plants.’  These plants help us to get an idea of what the history of that parcel of land might have been.  Particular groups of plant species will thrive under certain soil and moisture conditions.  So when we find one native plant species, we can safely assume that other plants that would normally grow in a community with that plant were also growing there. 

Once we’ve identified a virgin parcel of land, our next step is to protect and preserve it, so that it can remain in its natural state.

If you are a farmer or other rural landowner who believes you may have portions of your land that remain untouched by either tilling or cultivation, please contact us – we’d love to talk with you about preserving any natural prairie or other native landscape on your property. 

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