Don’t Fence Us In

Creating a gracefully curving, “natural” looking landscape takes some heavy-duty whacking of trees. Yesterday Henry and I walked around the south prairie area (called Tallgrass prairie and Dropseed areas on our website tour map area), to figure out which trees should be removed to create more curving, less abrupt edges between the fields and forests. All sorts of old fences (some really old flat wire, some barbed wire and some woven wire) have created unnatural barriers grown over in cedars, shrubs, and bigger trees. What you see from the air are square-edged fields. On the ground, you can’t walk from the prairie into the woods because of the wall of plants. So we strolled along, marking some trees to remove, others to leave and did a rough mark-up on an aerial photo. What a big mess it will be to clear out that stuff! Lots of work for a “natural” look.


About Lorna Domke

Since 1981, I've lived on the land that surrounds, and will eventually be integrated into, the Prairie Garden Trust with my husband, Henry. Our long-term goal is to build on what Henry's parents began and create a nature garden of sorts for others to enjoy. Over the years I've planted prairie, mowed trails, created a website and done whatever I could to enhance what's here. For a few years I served on the board of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Since I retired from my role as Outreach & Education Division Chief at the Missouri Dept. of Conservation in 2010, I've started to put more time into the PGT. The PGT Nature Garden blog is one result.
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One Response to Don’t Fence Us In

  1. steve knight says:

    Good luck will all the work! This is a great blog, I look forward to following it.

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