Category Archives: Land management

Spring Planting

We got a bunch of new native plants from Merv Wallace at Missouri Wildflowers Nursery yesterday. Neil and Matt are going to plant these wildflowers and grasses around the PGT Center and along the sidewalks. We’ve been getting plants from … Continue reading

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More Invasive Exotics

Despite years of working hard to find and destroy invasive exotic plants at the PGT, their variety and numbers are increasing. An ideal time to find exotics is now; before native plants green up. For the past month I’ve been … Continue reading

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New Display Helps You Explore

We just put up the new map display on the porch at the PGT Center, along with the map brochures. In a few weeks we hope to install the new wayfinding signs along the trails, too. Then it should be … Continue reading

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50-acres on fire!

Today we burned 50-acres along the northern edge of the Prairie Garden Trust (PGT). Matt spent several days preparing for the burn and had a crew of 7-people to help control it. Controlled burns are a an important part of … Continue reading

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Woodland Path

We opened up the edges of the woods to allow more light in. That light allows more flowers to grow. This morning I found a patch of Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) blooming along a path at the edge of the … Continue reading

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Burned by Burns

Tomorrow we plan to do a controlled-burn on 80-acres here at the PGT. Even though we been doing burns for a couple decades we are beginning to have more doubts. Despite careful preparation it seems that we always end up … Continue reading

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Planting Wildflowers

Weird as it sounds, it’s nice to have snow to toss seeds on when planting wildflowers. You can see the seed on top of snow so you know what areas have already been seeded. In this snapshot from a couple … Continue reading

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Exponential Growth of Bush Honeysuckle

This week I’ve come to understand how wildly invasive Bush Honeysuckle is. 5-year ago we found the first Bush Honeysuckle at the PGT and immediately killed it. Because many nature areas and suburban wood lots are filled with this exotic … Continue reading

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Planting Oaks

Lorna and I wandered over the entire property today inspecting trees that we’ve planted. We were particularly interested in the oaks since they can be majestic trees that live for centuries. The Bur Oaks planted next to our family cemetery … Continue reading

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Do controlled burns help exotics spread?

Bush Honeysuckle with Berries Walking after dinner tonight I noticed some shrubs leafing out along the trail. Inspecting them I was disappointed to find Bush Honeysuckles, an invasive exotic from China. You might wonder what I would have against such … Continue reading

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