We have numerous overgrown prairie and savanna remnants on our property. There are 5 large prairie remnants – of an acre or more – and many smaller ones.
This is Sumac Prairie – our largest remnant.
The tops and sides of the bluffs have groves of open-grown Burr Oaks with savanna vegetation underneath.
Most of these remnants have been invaded by brush and trees over the last several hundred years. Some of the invaders are non-native weeds. Others are aggressive natives that have been able to get established because of the lack of frequent fires.
We’ve been slowly working on enlarging these prairies and savannas – opening them up so the native vegetation can come back. Here are explanations of some of the techniques we use, and some of the results we’ve gotten.