Resources & Guides


Getting Started with Natives
Why Native Plants Matter
In both gardens and natural areas, native plants support biodiversity and play an important role in healthy soil and clean water.
Choosing Plants for Your Location
In order to get the full benefits, beauty and pleasure from your native plants, choose plants that are well suited to the conditions at hand...
Growing Conditions Defined
Familiarity with the soil, moisture and light conditions will go a long way toward helping you choosing the best native plants for your planting site ...
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Gardening Guides
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 Transplant Bare Root Plants
Bare roots should be should be covered with damp peat moss and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to plant them...
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 Attract 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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Frequent Questions
Does Prairie Nursery use Neonicotinoides?
Prairie Nursery is Neonicotinoid-Free. We do not use these chemicals in any part of our greenhouses growing or seed production process.
How Are the Plants Shipped?
We are serious about making sure that your plants arrive alive, healthy and in good condition. Whether shipped in an actively growing state, or during dormancy, successful delivery is essential!
What Size are the Potted Plant Containers?
Most of our plants are sold in three-inch pots. Four-inch and one-gallon are other common sizes.
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