Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie

I have written and illustrated this book with the hope that Iowans and others living in what was once the tallgrass prairie will be able to identify a prairie remnant and propagate native species. My recent discovery of the tallgrass ...

Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie

Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie

Iowa is the only state that lies entirely within the natural region of the tallgrass prairie. Early documents indicate that 95 percent of the state—close to 30 million acres—was covered by prairie vegetation at the time of Euro-American settlement. By 1930 the prairie sod had been almost totally converted to cropland; only about 30,000 acres of the original “great green sea” remained. Now, in this gracefully illustrated manual, Shirley Shirley has created a step-by-step guide to reconstructing the natural landscape of Iowa and the Upper Midwest. Chapters on planning, obtaining and selecting plants and seeds, starting seeds indoors, preparing the site, planting, and maintenance set the stage for comprehensive species accounts. Shirley gives firsthand information on soil, moisture, sun, and pH requirements; location, size, and structure; blooming time and color; and propagation, germination, and harvesting for more than a hundred wildflowers and grasses. Shirley's sketches—all drawn from native plants and from seedlings that she grew herself—will be valuable for even the most experienced gardener. While other books typically feature only the flowering plant, her careful drawings show the three stages of the seedlings, the flower, and the seedhead with seeds as well as the entire plant. This practical and attractive volume will help anyone dedicated to reconstructing the lost “emerald growth” of the historic tallgrass prairie.

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Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie
Language: en
Pages: 346
Authors: Shirley Shirley
Categories: Gardening
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994-09-01 - Publisher: University of Iowa Press

Iowa is the only state that lies entirely within the natural region of the tallgrass prairie. Early documents indicate that 95 percent of the state—close to 30 million acres—was covered by prairie vegetation at the time of Euro-American settlement. By 1930 the prairie sod had been almost totally converted to
Tallgrass Prairie Restoration in the Midwestern and Eastern United States
Language: en
Pages: 276
Authors: Harold Gardner
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-12-01 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

This work advocates the restoration of the North American tallgrass prairie, which is rapidly disappearing. Historical descriptions of prairie aesthetics are outlined. As we are experiencing a worldwide mixing of plant species, prairie restoration is particularly important. Plants alien to North America do not readily support insect populations, including all
The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Prairie Restoration in the Upper Midwest
Language: en
Pages: 301
Authors: Daryl Smith
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-04-15 - Publisher: University of Iowa Press

Although less than 3 percent of the original vast landscape survives, the tallgrass prairie remains a national treasure, glowing with a vast array of colorful wildflowers in spring and summer, enriched by the warm reds and browns of grasses in fall and winter. This comprehensive manual, crafted by the staff
Restoration Ecology
Language: en
Pages: 408
Authors: Sigurdur Greipsson
Categories: Nature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-12-13 - Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

Ideal for allied health and pre-nursing students, Alcamos Fundamentals of Microbiology, Body Systems Edition, retains the engaging, student-friendly style and active learning approach for which award-winning author and educator Jeffrey Pommerville is known. It presents diseases, complete with new content on recent discoveries, in a manner that is directly applicable
The Tallgrass Prairie Reader
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: John T Price
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-06 - Publisher: University of Iowa Press

The tallgrass prairie of the early 1800s, a beautiful and seemingly endless landscape of wildflowers and grasses, is now a tiny remnant of its former expanse. As a literary landscape, with much of the American environmental imagination focused on a mainstream notion of more spectacular examples of wild beauty, tallgrass