Thoughts From the Prairie

Thoughts on Neonicotinoids

There has been a lot of discussion lately about neonicotinoids and other pesticides. First, let us identify what they are; Neonicotinoids are insecticides that are used to help deter insects from negatively affecting a plants functionality and/or appearance. They are most often utilized in the agricultural and greenhouse industry to help ensure that the plants survive for crop production or have a certain image which many consumers find appealing. The usage for these products typically is directly correlated with the overall objective of the grower. If the intention is for a high crop yield or an aesthetically pleasing flower, the usage is often deemed justifiable by the user.

Studies have linked the use of neonicotinoids to decreasing bee and pollinator populations. At Ohio Prairie Nursery, one of our main objectives is to help people create habitat and a food source for birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. The aesthetics and beauty of native plants are sometimes seen as a bonus in this context. With this in mind, it is important for you to know that Ohio Prairie Nursery does not and will not use neonicotinoids or other insecticides in our seed production models. It is our pledge to our customers who share our vision and objectives.

Thoughts on Forbs (Wildflowers) Ratio in Native Seed Mixes

Native herbaceous (a plant that leaves and stems that die down at the end of the growing season to the soil level) ecosystems are composed of grasses and forbs. One measurement used to evaluate native seed mixes is the grass to forbs ratio. Most pollinators rely on native wildflowers as nectar and pollen sources. As individuals become more involved with providing habitat for native pollinator species and honey bees, the trend is to increase the percentage of forbs in a seed mix. Ohio Prairie Nursery prides itself on being ahead of the curve and has been producing high percentage forb mixes for years.

Check out some of the "Prairie Guys Favorite Mixes" and take a look at our Native Short Grass Meadow. It is 67% wildflowers by seed count and blooms all season long.

Please feel free to submit questions via our Ask the Prairie Guys or call 1-866-569-3380 if you have questions. Thank You and Prairie On!