Get Started on Your Own Native Planting!
How Do I Incorporate Native Plants into My Landscape?
If you are anything like us here at Natural Shore, we are totally obsessed with native plants. Driving around the Twin Cities, we often comment to one another about how an area infested with invasive plants or a turf grass shoreline could be restored with an amazing native plant community. We are sort of nerdy about looking for ways and talking about the most efficient means to incorporate more native plants into the landscape. It’s always fun to envision an area prior to human settlement, and imagine the plant diversity and how the native plant communities were covering the land.

Probably one of the most common questions that we receive from enthusiastic DIY-ers is: “How do I get started with my native plant restoration project?” We have the real pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients, from ones that want to address petite residential lots to managers that are in charge of large commercial campuses. Their reasons for ecological restoration and the types of properties vary, but how we go about first addressing a project stays pretty constant. Below are a few general topics that we start out with when coming up with an initial plan. This will help to get the creative juices flowing and put you on track for a successful project.

Insect of the Month
Red-belted Bumblebee
(Bombus rufocinctus)

The red-belted bumblebee is native to North America, where it can be seen throughout southern Canada and the northern half of the United States. They are typically found in open areas like prairies and meadows and are active during the summer months from May to October. Queen red-belted bumblebees can be about 3/4 of an inch long, but workers are usually smaller. Their name comes from red coloration on their abdomens, but their coloration can vary quite a bit. They forage for nectar and pollen on many different native plants including Virginia mountain mint, boneset, Joe Pye weed, goldenrod species, aster species, and many more!
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Here are our upcoming retail dates:

Fri. Aug. 21st
Sat. Aug. 22nd

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But our retail nursery is still open on the above dates. Need beautiful shrubs?  Visit our retail nursery during our sale dates for a large selection of native shrubs! Plant them for bird habitat and stunning fall colors!
15% Off All Trees and Shrubs!
(one gallon pots)
Common Ninebark
Black Chokeberry
Common Chokecherry
Red Twigged Dogwood
American Plum
Swamp White Oak
White Pine

Our retail nursery demonstration garden is also BURSTING with blooming, full-grown native flowers and grasses. Visit us to see them established and thriving to get ideas on what to plant in your own native planting!
Non-native Species of the Month Barnyard grass
(Echinochloa crus-galli)-

This is a weedy pest from Europe and Asia that grows in disturbed areas like road ditches, agricultural fields, or gardens. It prefers full sun or partial shade and dry to moist soils and blooms from August to October. It can grow up to 6 feet and prefers full sun to partial shade. Barnyard grass stems are hairless and grow from clumps. The base of the clump can be flat and is purple near the ground. Their flower heads are dark and grow in clumps that can be 2-10 inches long. There are native species of barnyard grass that can be hard to distinguish from this wide-spread weed. Management strategies include hand pulling or mowing.
Native Plant of the Month-
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Also known as Turkey-foot because of the shape of the cluster of flowers on the top of the stem, big bluestem is a common perennial prairie grass that is found throughout Minnesota and the Midwest where in tallgrass prairies. It blooms from June to August and can grow between 2 and 7 feet. It has a variety of different leaf colors ranging from light, minty greens to dark purples and reds. Root systems go deep into the ground to help water infiltration and increase soil stabilization. It is a warm season grass, shooting up after the soils warm during the hotter summer months. It prefers full sun and dry to moist soils and is also deer and drought resistant. It is the host species for several skipper butterflies and provides refuge for many nesting birds and other wildlife.

We love to read books about our natural world, and want to share our favorites with you! On the last Wednesday of each month we will feature a book discussion and review on our Facebook Page.
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Five Plants For- Rusty Patched Bumble Bees!
This species of bumble bee (Bombus affinis) is Minnesota's state bee! It is also on the Endangered Species list and needs your help! Plant these species which Rusty Patched Bumble bees visit for pollen and nectar!
Forager Fix
Queen Anne’s Lace, or Wild Carrot, is easily identified by uprooting the plant. The root systems may not be as attractive as cultivated carrots, but pulling them immediately releases a strong carrot smell. These plants are best eaten early in their first year of growth, as the root will become tough and woody. Stew or roast roots like regular carrots, or toss the sweet flowers into a salad!

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