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Meet Agnes and Dana, citizens creating habitat

By Bill Kleiman These two have a lot of energy. On the left is Dana Sievertson and the right Agnes Wojnarski. This is their back yard in Prospect Heights, a suburb of Chicago. They started growing plugs six years back. … Continue reading

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Beware what seed you buy

by Bill Kleiman You likely don’t know invasive Lespedeza daurica. I will tell you why in a bit. But it is similar to the invasive Lespedeza cuneata, but more likely found prostrate like the specimen I put in the pot … Continue reading

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Another example of savanna from a prairie planting

This ten second video simply shows a panorama of many oaks growing in a prairie planting from what was a corn field. https://youtu.be/zeCK9dqYRZ0 This “savanna” planting, if you will allow the phrase, is another prairie planting but we did not … Continue reading

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Weed Wiper

By Mike Saxton, Shaw Nature Reserve, Missouri Botanical Garden Combatting woody encroachment continues to be a challenge for Midwestern land managers.  Whether it’s sumac in prairies, honeysuckle in the woodlands, or willows in our wetlands, brushy thickets drive down native … Continue reading

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Planting savanna by planting prairie first

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC The photo above shows mostly bur oaks growing in a prairie restoration. We planted the bur oaks in 2006, but first we planted prairie in 2001. This makes the start of a savanna. The … Continue reading

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Philip Juras: Picturing the prairie. A vision of restoration

By Bill Kleiman Philip Juras is a landscape painter with a show at the Chicago Botanic Garden, ending September 12, 2021.  His new book is Picturing the Prairie.  A vision of restoration.  I had a recent discussion with Philip about … Continue reading

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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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