Author Archives: Grassland Restoration Network. Blog published by Bill Kleiman

From Rags to Riches

By Bryon Walters I have a corner in my prairie where a neighboring farm field drains through my center waterway. Sometimes I receive corn plants from the field, but for the past several years Giant Ragweed, Ambrosia trifida, has found … Continue reading

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Transline control of yellow sweet clover

By Bill Kleiman I have noticed with yellow sweet clover, Melilotus officinalis, that if I apply 1% Transline with a surfactant late in the bloom of yellow sweet clover that the clover appears to set some seed. We don’t want … Continue reading

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Birdsfoot trefoil miss

By Bill Kleiman Nachusa Grasslands has a 20-acre prairie planting, number 91, http://www.nachusagrasslands.org/uploads/5/8/4/6/58466593/planting_91_-_2009_-_stone_barn_prairie_-_stone_barn_farm_unit_-_crew_-_c_considine.pdf that is coming along nicely with a thick cover of native plant diversity. But it also has about 100 birdsfoot trefoil, Lotus corniculatus, small patches of plants … Continue reading

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Planting #117 a success

By Bill Kleiman This 2015 planting at the Senger tract is awesome. 35 acres planted with 1,400 pounds of un-cleaned seed from 117 species. Below are some photos looking down. Above is purple milkwort (pink), western sunflower, wide leaved pussytoes, … Continue reading

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Sickle bar mower for sweet clover control

Byron Forest Preserve does a lot of work on controlling yellow and white sweet clover on their remnants and in hundreds of acres of prairie restorations. Russell Brunner and Austin Webb of BFP liked their Italian made Enorossi sickle bar … Continue reading

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Photo point example

by Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands Above, the panoramic photo is on a property boundary of the Middle Rock Conservation Partners Hill Site. On the right is a neighbor’s brush thicket. On the left is the Hill Site after an extensive … Continue reading

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Leafy spurge, blue paint and mapping

By Bill Kleiman Did you miss our GRN posts? Spring fire season was busy and I took a break from posting, and then the habit stuck the last month. I am looking to post your ideas. Send me a pitch. … Continue reading

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Planting prairie plugs

By Jim Alwill I have been working my 10 acre sand hill for the last 20 years and have thrown down tons of  forb seed with poor results overall. Little bluestem will grow very well in sand. The forbs don’t … Continue reading

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On the path to recovery

By Pati Vitt, Lake County Forest Preserves This is a post from Lake County Forest Preserve, Lake County Nature Blog. https://www.lcfpd.org/blogs/ Just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting to grip the world, another global milestone was occurring: The United Nations … Continue reading

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Year one results: Comparing seeding into brome grass sod that was first mowed and sprayed with glyphosate vs. seeding only

By Kevin Scheiwiller, Restoration Manager, Barrington Illinois While attending the 2019 GRN Workshop in Madison, I was particularly impressed with the prairie restorations the Madison Audubon Society was undertaking. Young restorations of old brome fields already had a great display … Continue reading

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