Build-A-Prairie

Here is the land where you'll restore your prairie. This land is suitable for a mesic prairie. Mesic prairies receive quite of bit of moisture throughout the year but are well drained (not swampy). Mesic prairies are among the most threatened of our prairies because most of them were converted for agricultural use in the last century. Consult the Field Guide's glossary to compare mesic prairies with wet and dry prairies.

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The first step is to plant prairie grasses. Grasses are the foundation of the prairie, building rich soil and providing a habitat for many animals.

Considering your prairie and soil type, which grasses will you choose? Click in the selection boxes to pick the four best grasses.

Big Bluestem
Big Bluestem
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Quack grass
Quack grass
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Canada wild rye
Canada wild rye
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Smooth brome
Smooth brome
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Porcupine grass
Porcupine grass
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Indian Grass
Indian grass
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"Build-A-Prairie" is part of the Bell LIVE! 1999 "On the Prairie" program.

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