Tag Archives: smooth brome

The Myth of Self-Sustaining Prairies

Here’s a question I get asked occasionally:  “At what point will my prairie become self-sustaining?” There are lots of ways “self-sustaining” can be defined, of course, but usually the person is hoping that at some point they can just step back … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 21, 2011

Spring is the time for early wildflowers, cool rain showers, and northward-migrating birds.  It’s also the time during which smooth brome and other invasive cool-season grasses get their annual jump on the competition. Suppressing invasive grasses and allowing native grasses and forbs … Continue reading

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Aiding and Abetting Invasive Species

HAPPY (?) NATIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK It’s bad enough that invasive species are taking over our prairies and other natural areas.  Why do we insist on helping them do it? When my dad was in high school in the … Continue reading

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Overseeding Prairies

What do you do with a prairie that’s missing most of its plant species?  In some cases, good management can allow some plants to seemingly return from the dead.  In others, though, the species are gone and – especially if … Continue reading

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