Tag Archives: Bill Kleiman

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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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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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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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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Pumper Units: How to build your own or purchase one wisely

By Bill Kleiman, Nachusa Grasslands Whether you are shopping for a slip on unit, or want to assembly one yourself seeing what I produced can help. Below are some photos of pumper units I assembled this year. At the end … Continue reading

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Hand held herbicide sprayer comparison

By Bill Kleiman I find it pleasant when driving the preserve and I spy one autumn olive out in the prairie and I have my little sprayer in the truck. I don’t need to remember to return to take care … Continue reading

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Gravel pit restoration

by Bill Kleiman Years back we purchased a tract with a gravel mine pit.  We found some funds last year to use an excavator to return the land to a more natural looking, gentle, shape before starting the long process … Continue reading

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Leaf blowers to clear mowed fire breaks

by Bill Kleiman Leaf blowers are used to move vegetation off of fire breaks to make them less flammable. I once sent two hardy youth, Ryan K and Austin S, out to clear two miles of woodland fire break, each … Continue reading

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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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