Resources & Guides


Get 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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Planting 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 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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Frequently Asked Questions
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.

SHIPPING & ORDERS: 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.

SHIPPING & ORDERS: When should I place an order?

PLANTS - In general, the ordering periods for plants are: the beginning of January, thru the end of May; and 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). That’s when our plant inventory is 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 - Order seeds 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.

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