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June 30, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
We are often asked to help identify native seedlings versus weeds in new seed installations. Distinguishing between the species you are trying to grow from the undesirable species is difficult, but there are a few tools that can help. Knowing which species to look for first and having an idea of the weed species found in your area are good starting points.
The first species we...
June 17, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
Throughout the world there are approximately 1000 species of plants grown for human uses, including food, medicine and fibers that rely on pollination to produce the products we use. Pollinators across the globe are suffering from decreasing population numbers caused by threats including loss of habitat, chemical misuse and disease problems. You can learn about this issue in depth...
May 26, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
What will my native planting look like? This is one of the most common questions we get here at Ohio Prairie Nursery and one of the most difficult to answer! Most people are accustomed to planting plants, not seeds and having control over where each plant grows. When you start a landscape from seed, you are giving control to Mother Nature and letting the plants choose where they...
May 26, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
One of the great benefits of growing native plants is observing the huge diversity of wildlife they support. Last week, I was inventorying the plants on a property that Ohio Prairie Nursery has been managing for bobolink habitat, which is a unique grassland bird whose population numbers have been declining. Since I am relatively new to Northeast Ohio and the Ohio Prairie Nursery...
May 11, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
As the weather begins to warm up and wildflowers start to bloom, it's time to start thinking about all the ways you can support the wildlife that your landscape will attract. Though native seed provided by Ohio Prairie Nursery provides a huge number of resources for native wildlife, some thoughtful additions will enhance your landscape.
Water is essential to all wildlife! Birds,...
April 27, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
Walking through a client's property, I came across several large stands of May apple, Podophyllum peltatum. The glossy green umbrella-like leaves unfurl and span 6-8 inches across and stand just over a foot high. You can spot them from a distance, as there are few other plants with such bright green leaves at this time of year.
May apples, along with a small number of other...
April 20, 2016
By: Jennifer Davit
At Ohio Prairie Nursery, we celebrate Earth Day everyday by providing people with native seed that supports a huge diversity of wildlife. It is part of our mission to improve the health of our planet and make a valuable contribution to the Earth's future. We believe that the best way to renew or create sustainable native ecosystems is to provide decision makers with the products,...
April 6, 2016
Back in March, we partnered with the Society for Ecological Restoration-Midwest/Great Lakes Chapter on a webinar on the importance of proper native seed mixes in restoration projects. If you missed this informative presentation, no worries! You can now watch and listen at your convenience. Much appreciation and thanks to our friends at SER Midwest-Great Lakes for the opportunity to bring a webinar...
February 17, 2016
We recently received a Facebook question about how someone living in a condo or a small space could incorporate Milkweed into their landscape. Generally, when we think prairie, we tend to think about wide open spaces with vast amounts of wildflowers and native grasses. These areas provide beauty, habitat and are ecologically sound, but the truth is, these plants can be utilized almost anywhere.
Planting...
January 27, 2016
What are you doing this weekend? A long time supporter of this event, Ohio Prairie Nursery will once again be on hand at this year's Sustainability Symposium at Cleveland Botanical Garden. This year's theme "From the Ground Up" focuses on creating and maintaining healthy soils as a means to cultivate native landscapes.
The deep roots systems of most native species increase the ability of soil to absorb...
December 30, 2015
Did you know that 45% of Americans make New Year's resolutions and only 8% actually acheive them?
Resolve to make 2016 the year you turn your traditional landscapes in native plantings!
Whether your goal is to create habitat for Monarch butterflies, create a safe foraging haven for pollinators or landscape using less resources, it's not too early to start planning!
Not only is using native seed...
September 23, 2015
Today we bring you Thoughts From the Prairie...from the eyes of a homeowner we've worked with over the past couple years. Please enjoy her story....it's been a true pleasure working with her and experiencing her enjoyment. And as always, the Prairie Guys are available to help you craft your perfect pollinator paradise.
My Life With the Prairie
Last year, we moved from a city lot to a mature garden...
July 15, 2015
We've been featuring #wildflowerwednesday every week on social media now for a while and wanted to share this story on the blog too...Enjoy!
If You Plant It, They Will Come...
One of the members of our staff lives in an urban area on a fairly busy street. Three years ago, they made the conscientious decision to turn their mulch beds into small prairie areas. Over these years, they have watched their...
June 22, 2015
We've been doing some construction here at Ohio Prairie Nursery. As most construction projects go, they are planned and then take on a life of their own. We ended up with a temporary low spot that is subsoil mud and clay. It holds water very well, which is kind of a nuisance! However, the silver lining is that we have observed lots of critters taking advantage of it!
We've seen mostly birds, whether...
June 15, 2015
We use the word patience a lot when we are speaking with people about planting seed they have purchased from us to create native areas. The majority of the species we work with are perennials which typically take up to three years to establish from seed. We frequently suggest using mixes that include annuals for some first year color or encourage customers to add annuals to help with the "instant gratification"...
June 1, 2015
Bob, one of our Prairie Guys, stepped out of the prairie long enough to write this for us! Enjoy!
Here it is, June 1st already, only 21 days until Summer officially begins!
As has been the case of late, it has been a strange weather year. Temperatures in the 50's one day and mid 80's the next! Droughts in some places, floods in others. Who can keep track? The great thing about native plants is that...
March 17, 2015
This past week, Mary Beth Breckenridge of the Akron Beacon Journal wrote an awesome article about the plight of the Monarch Butterfly and it featured our own Bob Kehres! The article perfectly summed up what you can do to help and brought attention to our "You Plant, We Plant" campaign. Our thanks go out to Mary Beth and out to all of you who ordered! Your efforts will be rewarded when the Monarchs...
February 20, 2015
February 22, 2015 marks the start of National Invasive Species Awareness Week.
Utilizing native plants in our landscapes is important because they evolved in a particular region and provide habitat and food for our local fauna. Native plants are durable and have the ability to withstand temperature and rainfall fluctuations. Their expansive root systems help reduce stormwater run-off and help reduce...
January 30, 2015
The Xerces Society released an update on the Monarch Butterfly this week and their declining migration numbers. Overall, numbers are up, but the butterflies are still being monitored for the Endangered Species list.
You can read the report here and remember that prairie plantings are home to all kinds of wildlife including the Monarch Butterfly. Make sure to add milkweed to your native gardens this...
January 28, 2015
Prairies in the height of summer offer hues of lush green grasses, flowers that resemble a rainbow of fireworks and a plethora of birds, bees and butterflies. A sight to be seen morning, noon and night and always buzzing with activity.
In winter, when most of the state is a blanket of white, it's hard to find beauty in an otherwise bleak start to the year. However, this morning a sparkling wonderland...
December 17, 2014
In December 2014, we signed the Highway BEE Act as part of the ongoing effort to help create pollinator and other wildlife habitats in highway right-of-ways. We've always stressed the importance of creating wildlife and pollinator habitat in your own backyard with native plants as opposed to traditional landscaping and now organizations, companies and researchers can sign this petition to help transition...
November 21, 2014
We often get asked "When is the best time to seed?" And the answer is...NOW! Fall and Winter seeding is a great way to get your prairie started. The freeze/thaw cycle helps anchor the seed into the soil and allows the seed to go through the stratification process. Most native wildflower species require stratification to germinate and grow into the beautiful flowers we love to enjoy in the Spring/Summer...
October 15, 2014
As the benefits of using native plantings in landscapes garners more attention, it also brings up good discussions. Last month, we launched a new feature on our site "Thoughts From the Prairie" and led off with the topic of neonicotinoids. If you missed our take on these insecticides, click here to read.
Today, our thoughts turn to the trend of increased percentages of forbs (wildflowers) in native...
July 28, 2014
It's full swing this time of year at OPN Seed (Ohio Prairie Nursery). Native wildflowers are in bloom, grasses are swaying in the breeze and pollinators are crowding plants foraging for food. The excitement the birds, bees, butterflies and other creatures must feel is palpable, and we pick up the camera almost daily to try and capture it. Take a virtual stroll with us and as you view the pictures remember...
June 25, 2014
We're thrilled to bring you a fresh look for ohioprairienursery.com and the Prairie On blog! We're dedicated to bringing you a site that is easy to navigate, informative and highlights the beautiful wildflowers, grasses and prairies that native seed provides.
Here's A Few Highlights of the New Site:
"Ask the Prairie Guys"! Give us the details of your project and in return we'll give you the best...
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