[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Indian Grass Point page.]
We did a lot of work on this prairie this year. I pulled weeds and cut invaders in the prairie and savanna remnant areas we’ve cleared in the last few years. We gave the savanna a spring mowing. The biggest project was right at the end of the season – clearing most of the brush and some of the smaller trees from the hillside just above the house. I also threw some local prairie seeds out in the restored savanna.
2/6/2015 Mike on the Indian Grass bench on a warm February day
3/9/2015 The path up the hill from the house. This is the area we worked on later – in November. In March it was still very brushy and woods-like.
3/9/2015 West-facing slope – looking more like a prairie every year. It takes the dead birches a long time to fall, and even longer to decompose.
3/12/2015 The east-facing slope of the prairie
3/30/2015 Early spring snowless days are good times to work on expanding our cleared places.
4/13/2015 Cleared Savanna
5/15/2015 Hoary Puccoon in the cleared savanna
5/19/2015 East-facing slope below the prairie point. Native prairie plants are beginning to come back after the extensive clearing I did a few years ago. I haven’t planted anything here – this is all coming from seeds or plants that were already there.
5/22/2015 West-facing slope – this is a part of the hill that I cleared a few years ago. It’s full of prairie flowers – Hoary Puccoon, Wild Columbine, Blue-eyed Grass.
6/14/2015 East facing slope
6/26/2015 White Camas and Harebell
7/8/2015 Prairie Coreopsis
7/8/2015 Prairie Coreopsis
7/22/2015 Whorled Milkweed
9/22/2015 Great Plains Ladies Tresses – a native orchid that grows on dry prairies
10/6/2015 East facing slope – I’m working to clear down below the big oaks, so that lower part will get back to being savanna.
10/6/2015 East facing slope
10/10/2015 West facing slope – the birch trees are all dead, there are a few small Burr Oaks, and lot of prairie plants coming back. This is another hillside where I haven’t planted anything – it’s coming back on its own.
10/25/2015 This is the view up the slope behind the house. This is the area we worked on in November. This photo shows it before we started.
11/2/2015 More ‘before’ photos of that slope.
10/9/2015 The path winding up through the brush
11/29/2015 After a little clearing work
11/29/2015 The path
12/3/2015 After most of the clearing was done – for this year
12/5/2015 The path after a lot of clearing
12/5/2015 The border between the prairie and the woods is full of brambles.
12/5/2015 The best way I know of to get rid of brambles is to cut and treat the stems.
12/5/2015 Looking down from the point – still lots of small trees to cut
12/5/2015 Sunset through the oak branches
12/18/2015 Finished clearing for this year. This is the way the path looks now – we can see all the way up to the point.
12/18/2015 We threw all the stuff we cut down the hill into these big piles. Afterwards Mike picked them up with the tractor and moved them to our giant brush pile near the compost pile. Done for the winter.
This is a list of prairie seeds I scattered under the oaks in the restored savanna area. All these seeds were collected on our land.
Also planted – purchased seeds of
I also planted some seeds, either from friends or purchased, on the prairie point. It’s the first time I’ve done this – I’ve decided that I’ve waited long enough for some of the special plants to come back, so I’m starting to plant ones that should be here.