Category Archives: Exotic invasives

Burning Bush

Burning Bush, (Euonymus alatus) Twenty years ago we planted Burning Bush by our house because of its great fall color. However, after years of enjoying it we have started to find new plants popping up all over the property. It … Continue reading

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Too much of a good thing

Swamp Loosestrife, (Decodon verticillatus) Swamp Loosestrife thrived after we planted a cutting into the mud of Beaver Lake decades ago. We were delighted to see the skewered mounds of purple flowers in mid-summer. However, like many plants that that find … Continue reading

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We’ve Been Invaded!

Sericea lespedeza I was very sorry to find hundreds of Sericea lespedeza plants growing in with the warm season grasses on the 43-acre prairie today. I thought we only had a very small number of plants. It must have come … Continue reading

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Deer Control

Sammy chews on a deer leg Many gardens in North America have deer problems. The way we are managing the PGT creates a perfect habitat for deer. Deer have not been a serious problem for us. To control our the … Continue reading

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Escaped Cows at the PGT

Ten cows escaped from a neighboring farm and have spent the last couple days with us. I’m sure they’ve been they have been enjoying tasting the wide range of native plants we offer. It must taste better than the fescue … Continue reading

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Kill Queen Anne’s Lace?

Queen Anne’s Lace, (Daucus carota) John George would bend over to weed out a Queen Anne’s Lace whenever we paused on our hike here a couple weeks ago. As a natural history biologist there was no question in his mind … Continue reading

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Japanese Yellow Iris

Japanese Yellow Iris, (Iris pseudacorus) Herb and Joan planted Iris Japanese Yellow Iris by the Farm Pond soon after they moved here in 1970. The colony has been slowly growing for a few decades but now it has taken off. … Continue reading

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Are all exotics bad?

Siberian Iris, (Iris sibirica) The goal of the PGT is to show off the beauty of native species. So how do we deal with all the exotic species that we have? If they are invasive we seek them out and … Continue reading

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Spring Birds Back

Field Sparrow The Spring birds are starting to come back. On a walk this morning I found a pair of Field Sparrows and was able to get this photograph. The bush with the green leaves that it is perched on … Continue reading

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Thanks to Monsanto for Roundup

Any gardener knows that weeding is key to creating a great garden, just as any journalist knows editing is critical to a good story. At the Prairie Garden Trust, we’re in the whacking, weeding, editing phase of landscape care. Thanks … Continue reading

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