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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...
January 9, 2015
Saturday February 7, 2015, marks the 10th annual Sustainability Symposium at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. We're proud to once again be a sponsor of this year's event and we'd love to see you in person if you're able to attend. For more information on the day and how to register, please visit their site. We look forward to this every year and we hope to see you there! Prairie On!
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 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 "If...
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...
February 24, 2014
A while back, we read an article in the Wild Ones journal that caught our attention and we felt it needed to be passed on to you. Wild Ones continues to be a widely recognized voice for native plantings that create living landscapes through grassroots efforts by example, education, marketing and personalized support.
The article discusses a fairly newly coined term, "nativars", which is a name for...
November 5, 2013
I was pleased to be contacted by my buddy Jim McCormac in early spring and learn about his vision of having a prairie on the grounds of Ohio Division of Wildlife's Fountain Square complex. After a visit to the site to discuss planting and management, the project moved forward. We supplied one of our Native Short Grass Meadow mixes in April and it was planted shortly thereafter. The area has progressed...
October 23, 2013
Harvest season is still in full swing here at OPN. This time of year finds us focusing primarily on Goldenrods and Asters. These are the number one and two native herbaceous genera in terms of the number of native insects that they support. This is one reason that we utilize them in our mixes; they are a main component in prairie and native plantings. It takes a lot of material from the field to produce...
September 17, 2013
Here's a good one from the Ohio Prairie Nursery vault. This article originally appeared in the March 2007 issue of Country Living Magazine. Our General Manager, Bob Kehres is quoted in the article and the material discussed still stands true today. If you are interested in learning more about Ohio's Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden please click here. The Highland Nature Sanctuary is part of...
September 10, 2013
At Ohio Prairie Nursery we believe education plays a huge role in understanding what goes into creating and maintaining your native plant gardens or prairies. We are always available via our website, Facebook or by giving us a call, but if you are craving more information, books are always a great source to turn to. Today, we are sharing the books that have a special place in our library. Visit your...
August 28, 2013
Over the years, Ohio Prairie Nursery has worked with Preservation Parks of Delaware County to develop seed mixes that fit their needs. This article, written by their Marketing & Communications Manager, describes the results of some of their native plantings. The Queen Anne's Lace and Chicory mentioned are not native species but do count as "Wildflowers" since they were not planted. These two species...
July 23, 2013
Thank you for visiting Ohio Prairie Nursery's new blog Prairie Ponderings. We're glad you're here.
Whether this is new to you or you are already using native seed and plants, you are making a positive difference and an important contribution to the future. By using native seedings and plants in your landscape, you are helping to increase diversity and provide valuable habitat for other species of...