Natural Shore Technologies, Inc. Newsletter August 2013
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Native Plant of the Month
Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium maculatum
Exposure: Sun or Partial Shade
Blooms: July-September
Bloom Color: Pink
Height: 3-6 ft
Moisture: Wet

Description:
Robust, stately perennial with fibrous roots and rhizomes.  Stems purple-spotted to sometimes evenly purplish.  Rough-looking coarse leaves which are short-stalked and arranged in whorls.  Showy flower heads in a cluster of lightly scented purple flowers consisting of disk florets and no ray florets.  Propaged by seeds and divisions.  Grows best in moist places but tolerant of upland sites.  Deer reistant.  Flowers visited by butterflies for nectar.  
Invasive Species of the Month
Creeping Bellflower
Campanula rapunculoides
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Blooms: June-October
Bloom Color: Purple
Height: 1-3ft
 
Description:
An aggressive perennial weed from Eurasia. Flowers are about one inch long with five petals, nodding from one side of the stem.  Leaves are in a heart shape with fine teeth and a rough texture. Stem has hair and a purplish color. It can spread by its root system making eradication difficult. Management strategies include spraying with herbicide and manual weeding. Also known as European Bellflower or Rampion Bellflower.
 Pollinator of the Month

Common Honey Bee

Apis mellifera

Range: Throughout the United States and Southern Canada

 

Description: Honey Bees were brought to America from Europe to be raised commercially for the production of honey. They escaped domestication and hives can now be found in trees and hollowed places in the wild. They can live in colonies of up to 80,000 workers and the queen. They have a black head and golden brown bodies with black stripes on their abdomen. Their back legs have specialized bristles that carry pollen back to the hive. 

 

Pollination: Not only do honey bees pollinate flowers that produce our food, they pollinate native flowers as well. Spiderwort, Prairie Clover, Bee Balm, Purple or White Prairie Clover, Anise Hyssop, Sneezeweed, and Aster Species are just to name a few.

Garden Club Tours!

 

Natural Shore Technologies is now hosting FREE field trips for Garden Clubs with 10 or more members. Come join our Native Plant Specialist Shirley Mah Kooyman for a 1 hour lecture and tour of our retail nursery in Maple Plain! Your club will get an up close experience learning more about Minnesota Natives! 

Choose from one of the following lectures:

  1. Minnesota's Native Plants: A Sampling for Your Garden
  2. Landscaping with Native Plants
  3. Top 30 Native Plants for your Garden

 

Call or email Shirley for more information at 763-464-8323 or at shirley.k@naturalshore.com

Why is my Restoration Changing?
The movement of plants in a restoration

 

Often times, restoration owners ask us why the plants do not look the same as when the site was installed years ago. Tall plants meant for the back have moved to the front, blocking smaller plants from view. Plants meant to stay in neat clumps have spread and intermingled with other plants throughout the restoration.  Some plants have simply disappeared and others have taken their place. Why does this happen?  There are multiple reasons why plants in their restoration are changing.

 

 

 Tall plants have migrated to the front, blocking view of shorter species.

 

Often times a restoration with both prairie grasses and flowers will, over time, favor grasses. In shoreline restorations as well, given certain site conditions, sedges and grasses can start encroaching into upland areas where they weren't intended.  Lake sedge and Canada Blue Joint are examples of sedges and grasses that might migrate on a site.

 

Lake sedge and Canada Blue Joint migrating upland

 

Plants can also migrate because site conditions can  change from year to year. This year there were a few storms that took down trees near restorations all over the metro area. When the trees come down, that opens the site up to light that will have an effect on what plants grow best on that site.  Shade tolerant plants might be pushed out by new sun-loving plants taking advantage of the new light.  Moisture conditions can also change over time, especially on shoreline restorations.  Water levels can fluctuate based on drought conditions, affecting plants that require very wet conditions.  However this year, many sites have flooded due to more rain, causing some upland plants to die or new weeds to encroach on the restoration.

 

   

Left: Abnormally high water levels will cause some plants to die and some to thrive.  Right: A fallen Willow tree will open up the restoration to light, effecting which plants do best.

 

To keep a restoration looking more like it did when it was installed our maintenance crew sometimes has to control certain native plants as well as the non-native species. Some native plants come into a restoration on their own, and despite being native, can be very aggressive.  These natives include Canada Goldenrod, Brown Eyed Susan, Jewelweed, Ragweed, and many others.

 

Left: Picture of restoration before Brown Eyed Susan became aggressive. Right: Picture of restoration with Brown Eyed Susan overshadowing other natives.

 

Once again these changes and their causes vary from site to site. Some plants that are aggressive and taking over in one restoration will be perfectly well behaved in another.  A plant that did well in similar conditions at one site might not necessarily do as well in another because of soil or moisture conditions. Depending on how landscaped a look is preferred, native plants will need to be controlled and new flowers will need to be planted to ensure there are beautiful blooms year after year. 

 

Retail Nursery Hours

 Come in for our Retail Nursery's Summer Blast!

 

Friday August 9th 12pm-6pm

Saturday August 10th 9am-1pm

 

5300 Hw 12, Maple Plain

Employee Profile: Dan Weidner
 Dan is a vital member of our installation crew, planting shorelines all over the metro area. With a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from St. Cloud State University, Dan has accumulated numerous years of native shoreline design, installation, and plant identification. He has compiled experience from the Minnesota DNR and various native landscaping companies, working with the public in maintaining native restorations.  Dan is an avid cyclist, loves being outdoors, and traveling.  His favorite thing about working on the installation crew at Natural Shores is going back to past installations and seeing how well a site has progressed and become established.
 
FREE White Prairie Clover Plant
With any purchase at our Retail Nursery
612-703-7581          
Coupon valid  at our retail nursery only. Retail location is 5300 Hwy 12 in Maple Plain.
Present coupon at time of purchase.  
Cannot be combined with other offers. Limit One Per Customer. Offer Expires: July , 31st 2013,  Natural Shore Technologies 2012.