Tag Archives: Bill Kleiman

Does over-seeding prairie plantings work?

By Bill Kleiman, Project Director of Nachusa Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy Have you planted seed into an already established prairie planting, trying to increase floral diversity?  You had that warm hopeful feeling. Those tiny seeds in your hand soon to … Continue reading

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Sweet clover control

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC In Nebraska, Chris Helzer of TNC, does no or little work against sweet clover.  Perhaps Nebraska is  dry enough that yellow and white sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis and M alba) are there but not … Continue reading

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A simple experiment on birdsfoot trefoil

by Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, TNC I often carry in my truck a spray bottle of herbicide that is 20% garlon 4 in mineral oil, a basal bark herbicide.  I use this on various brush I see during the summer.  … Continue reading

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Weed management tips

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands Project Director, TNC The photo below shows a nail pouch that clips to my belt.  Those are king devil flower heads in there.  I pluck the heads and spray the basal rosettes.  This is easy … Continue reading

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When to manage against an invasive plant

Because one project is spraying invasive birdsfoot trefoil does that mean I should too? How to approach this question for birdsfoot trefoil, or any invasive plant. First gather information about an assumed invasive plant.  Look up websites, talk to managers … Continue reading

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Using images to summarize a restoration project

We get so busy doing conservation that we often don’t report out on the work we accomplish.  Or we create a dry report and wonder if anyone reads it.  I was recently involved with a brush mowing project where we … Continue reading

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Tender Truck for Rx Fire

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy If you manage grasslands you likely also do prescribed fire. I have been posting fire and fire equipment articles with the GRN because I also provide content for the Illinois Prescribed Fire … Continue reading

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Brush mowing

By Bill Kleiman The Middle Rock Conservation Partners have had a long winter and early spring of brush mowing.   MRCP purchased this large brush mower in early winter and have been working to keep the machine going. Above is the … Continue reading

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Hay rakes for fire breaks – an equipment review

By Bill Kleiman At Nachusa Grasslands we have miles of fire breaks that are mowed once a year in the Fall.   We typically use a batwing mower and mow two to four passes with the mower and make them wide … Continue reading

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Scaling up to mow brush

By Bill Kleiman Most natural areas have brush work to do.  Repeated use of prescribed fire keeps brush in check, but often a tract is purchased which has not had fire in a long time and the build up of … Continue reading

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