Resources & Guides


::  When should I place an order?
In general, the ordering periods for plants are from the beginning of January through the end of May; and from the end of July through the end of September.  If you want to receive plants for spring planting, it is most advantageous to order in late winter or early spring (January – March) when availability is at its highest. You will have the best chance of getting the plants you want, and you will also have the best choice of shipping dates. If you want to receive plants for fall planting, ordering in August will offer the best choice of plants and the best choice of shipping dates on our fall shipping schedule.  SEEDS:
Seeds can be ordered at any time. We ship seeds year-round, within a week of your order being placed. If you plan to sow in the spring, you may order in the spring. If you plan to sow in the fall, you may order in the fall.
::  Can I pick-up my order at Prairie Nursery?
We are not able to  arrange for order pick-up at the Nursery. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions - all orders are shipped.
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Get Started with Natives
About Native Plants
In both gardens and natural areas, native plants support biodiversity and play an important role in healthy soil and clean water.
Choosing Your Plants: Growing Conditions
Choosing native plants that are compatible with your soil can be very important to their success ...
Should I Use Plants Or Seeds?
Plants can be installed early spring through fall and allow the flexibility that is desirable in residential and urban settings...
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Planting Guides
When to Plant
Hardy perennial plants can be planted just about any time, from spring thru fall. Here’s a small chart outlining some of the main pros and cons of spring and fall planting times.
How to Transplant Potted Plants & Plugs
The planting area should be free of weeds and other vegetation to minimize competition for water, light and nutrients...
How to Plant Shrubs
Saturate the potted shrub with water. Water it thoroughly a couple of times and then let it sit for an hour or so before planting.
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Habitat & Biodiversity
Native Shrubs in the Wildlife Garden
Shrubs are famous for creating year-round interest in the garden, but native shrubs have a super power …
What is a Keystone Species?
The term KEYSTONE SPECIES has been around for decades and refers to species with significant influence on the natural environment and the survival of many others species.
Planting for Pollinators
The best way to support pollinators is with a variety of flowering native plants, offering nectar and pollen throughout the growing season...
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Seeds & Seed Mixes
About Native Seed Mixes
Seed mixes are an economical choice for areas of 1000 square feet or more. A seed mix installation takes at about three years to fully mature ...
When to Seed
A fall seeding over-winters on a natural schedule and emerges in spring when conditions are right...
Choosing a Seed Mix for Your Site
It is important to determine the general soil type and soil moisture for each area that you intend to plant, in order to select the seed mix(es) that are best for your site conditions
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Consulting Services
Native Landscape Consulting Services
Transitioning your land into a native landscape is an important undertaking. An on-site consultation addresses your specific challenges and goals with a comprehensive plan that will help you avoid any missteps along the way.
Neil Diboll, Consulting Ecologist
Neil’s consulting work is informed by more than 40 years of research and work in the establishment of native seed mixes...
Consulting Gallery
Consulting projects: Land transformations and native seed mix installations.
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No Mow Resources
About No Mow Lawn
No Mow is a drought tolerant, low maintenance, eco-lawn that forms a soft green carpet of grass in full sun or partial shade...
No Mow Planting Zones, Conditions & Seeding Rates
The cool-season grasses in No Mow are recommended for planting in areas approximately 37 degrees North latitude and higher...
No Mow Lawn Seeding Instructions
No Mow is a cool-season grass blend and fall is typically the best time to sow...
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Other Resources
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