Category Archives: Land management

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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Flowering Quince – Not all exotics are bad!

Flowering Quince – Not native to the PGT We showcase native plants at the Prairie Garden Trust. The idea is to find the beauty in what nature has to offer. When we find exotics (plants that don’t occur here naturally) … Continue reading

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Flowering Dogwoods

Flowering Dogwoods In a few weeks the woods at the Prairie Garden Trust will be filled with dogwood blossoms; but we won’t have as many as in past years. The controlled burns that we are using have killed many of … Continue reading

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Robins flock to burned Prairie

American Robin The birds have responded to the controlled burn at the PGT last week. At sunset last night I photographed a flock of robins grazing the newly blackened earth.

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