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FAQ
SHIPPING & ORDERS

::  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.

::  What are your shipping periods for plants & seeds?

Here in central Wisconsin, our plants are ready to ship in April. In order to guarantee plant survival during shipment, we ship plants during two “shipping-periods” a year, when the weather is “not to hot, not too cold.”

SPRING PLANT SHIPPING:
In the spring, we ship plants from mid-April until early June.

FALL PLANT SHIPPING:
In the fall, we ship plants from mid-September until early October.

Exact dates and details about shipping are available here …

SEED SHIPPING:
We ship Seeds year-round. Seed orders are always shipped within a week of your order being placed. An exception to this is the last two weeks of December when we are closed for the holidays.

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Get Started with Natives
Choosing Plants for Your Location
A major factor in choosing native plants is their compatibility with the soil. Each plant species has a range of soil types in which it will flourish ...
Native Ranges & Hardiness Zones
Looking for plants that are indigeneous to your area? Use “Native Range” filter when you are browsing plants on our website ...
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
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...
Host Plants for Butterflies & Moths
Critically important to the life cycle of many butterflies and moths, native plants are preferred both as host plants for caterpillars and as nectar for adult butterflies and moths …
How to Support Monarch Butterflies
Monarch butterflies need both host plants (Milkweeds) and nectar plants, to complete their life cycle, survive through the summer, and sustain their migrations.
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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...
Seed Mix Establishment Guide
The following guidelines, based on our experience, will take you through the steps of a successful seed mix installation, for most situations...
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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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We're Celebrating 50!
EARLY DAYS

50 years ago, one of the first nurseries to grow and sell native plants sprang to life in rural Wisconsin. Founded by Bob (J.Robert) Smith, a retired DNR employee, Prairie Nursery began as a garden on a half-acre plot. Inspired by the native wildflowers and grasses growing around his farm, Bob began experimenting with Lupine and Butterflyweed, teaching himself how to propagate and grow prairie plants. During this time – at the height of the environmental movement of the 1970's – Neil Diboll was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he was studying Environmental Science. Read the story of our beginnings here …

LEADING THE WAY

Back in the day, ‘mail order nursery’ meant that orders actually came to us through the mail – on a printed order form if we were lucky!  Prairie Nursery was the first mail order nursery dedicated exclusively to native plants, and that led to opportunity for innovation. The 80s were a time for breaking new ground.

CATALOGS THRU THE YEARS
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