More and more Midwesterners are becoming interested in landscaping their yards with native prairie plants. On a larger scale, some landowners have been restoring native prairie on a portion of their acreages.
Landscaping with native vegetation provides a diverse array of colors, textures, and shapes for the eye to enjoy and, unlike lawns, does not require weekly mowing. It also provides important ecosystem services such as preventing water runoff, retaining soil, and creating habitat for attractive and useful wildlife.
If you would like to learn more about how to make use of prairie plants, from small landscaping projects to large restoration projects, we encourage you to visit the websites of the organizations listed below.
Iowa Prairie Network
The Iowa Prairie Network is a grass-roots, volunteer, non-profit, organization that is dedicated to the preservation of Iowa's prairie heritage.
Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development (Amana, IA)
Our mission is to conserve and develop our natural resources in the Iowa and Cedar Valley areas through education demonstration and partnerships.