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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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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 cool image software 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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