Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

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Planting Prairies

The Driftless Prairie has several planted prairies. These were ag fields when we purchased the land but we converted them back to natural ecosystems. Planting prairies can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be. The maintenance is time consuming if your goal is high diversity.

I differentiate between grasslands and prairies. Grasslands are dominated by grasses, typically the “big 5” warm season grasses: big blue, Indian grass, switchgrass, little blue, and side oats grama. Prairies have higher diversity and include more forbs.

Each of our prairies have been planted in similar manners but with differing ag crops. Click on the links to see the process for each prairie planting.

Planting the 5-acre Prairie and the Berry Prairie

Planting the Deer Camp Prairie

Planting prairies

Our first planted prairie in its 2nd year.