Consulting Services

Native Landscape Consulting

40 Years of Ecological Landscape Consulting for Residential,
Corporate and Public Spaces

For 40 years Prairie Nursery has worked with landscape professionals and property owners to provide step-by-step recommendations, from site assessment and preparation to planting and post-planting management. Using only "Pure Live Seed" - seed that is lab tested for germination and purity - ensures the most successful seed mix establishment for all clients. Our extensive knowledge of native plants and plant communities offers the best foundation for a diverse, healthy, ecological landscape that will last for decades to come.

  • Site Evaluation and Landscape Design
  • Plans and Specifications
  • Vegetation Inventories and Ecological Assessments
  • Custom Seed Mix Design
  • Restoration Seeding
  • Onsite Services in Wisconsin and Illinois

President and Consulting Ecologist, Neil Diboll

An internationally recognized pioneer in the use of North American plants in contemporary landscapes, Neil emphasizes aesthetics, sustainability, and ecological compatibility with the land. Contact Neil with your project details and set up an appointment for either on-site consultation or assistance via telephone.

Visit our project gallery for examples of design & consulting projects.

Conservation Reserve Program

We have decades of experience with Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) specifications, determining which seed mixes work best for CRP plantings. Whether a basic native grass mix, a custom designed prairie, or a shoreline buffer — we can specify the seed mix for your location. Contact Neil with your project details and set up an appointment for either on-site consultation or assistance via telephone.

The CRP is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners through which participants can receive cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving vegetative cover on eligible farmland. CRP protects millions of acres of American topsoil from erosion and is designed to safeguard the nation's natural resources. By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams, and increases wildlife populations.

Custom Seed Mixes

For larger areas, custom seed mixes can be designed to better meet specific demands or nuances of a site. Start the process by gathering the following information:

  • Size of seeding area (more than 1000 sq ft)
  • Sun exposure: Prairie, Savanna, or Woodland
  • Soil moisture: Wet, moist, medium (wet-mesic, mesic, dry mesic) or dry.
  • Desired height
Then contact us and one of our consultants will respond to your request.

Considerations that Affect Seed Mixes

Native plants that grow on rich and clay soils tend to be taller than average, usually a minimum of three feet - and some plants can be much taller. On dry sandy or rocky soils, plants tend to naturally grow shorter.

We have twenty-four pre-designed mixes that meet most needs and growing conditions.

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