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Wetland Restoration Project - A Diverse Sedge Meadow Utilizing Native Sedges, Grasses and Wildflowers

Restoring wetlands is highly challenging and important work.  As with most restoration work, there are many different reasons that drive these projects.  Some are practical while others are more aesthetic.  At PRI we believe that both reasons usually combine to make wetland restoration a true win-win situation. 
    Preparing to apply herbicide
    Working up the soil
    Wetland "plugs" waiting to be planted
    The sedges have become established
    Swamp milkweed blooming during the 2nd growing season
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Project Overview

The project featured here is approximately two acres in size and is planted in an area that was formerly turf grass. It is located on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, just west of Minneapolis. The goal was to eliminate the unnecessary mowing and create a natural plant community that would protect the lake, conserve resources, and provide habitat.

The native plant community “model” for this project is the sedge meadow – a balance of sedges, grasses and forbs that grow in wet, peaty conditions. Ninety percent of this site is actually an ideal sedge meadow situation with the surrounding ten percent of upland suitable for a prairie planting. These options seemed obvious and the site was prepared using Glysophate and tillage. Appropriate seed and plant mixes were selected from PRI’s local origin inventory and the planting was completed. Management will follow in the years ahead.

The results have been terrific. After two years, a thick weed-resistant population of sedges has been established along with many thousands of wildflowers. Populations of butterflies and songbirds have increased and the geese have moved off to adjoining mowed turf areas. The design blends beautifully into the total landscape providing diversity of interest along with conservation of resources and exemplary land stewardship. In short, everything wins!

For more information on wetlands, visit the wetland page in our resource library.

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