Seasonal Care List: Spring

Seasonal Care List: Spring

Spring is a busy time of year.  There are lots of tasks to be completed to keep your land and water at its best. Burns Most native plantings need to be burned. Burning yields better growth and minimizes non-native species. Burning is also an ecologically sound way to improve wildlife habitat. Fire used as part of a land management plan can help game species and plants or animals that are endangered, threatened, or of special concern. Special permitting may be required so plan ahead. Help your native seed thrive Nature makes it look simple and beautiful, but the many complicated decisions and actions required to successfully grow a native plant community from seed can prove daunting, even to more experienced gardeners or landscapers. Dormant season inter-seeding into established mowed stands of cool-season grasses is one alternative to planting on bare cultivated soil. Restore your shoreline Once your permits have been received and the snow melts, shoreline restoration projects can begin. Depending on the type of project, re-grading and rock installation may be best completed when the ground is still partially frozen in order to support heavy equipment. Once we’re past the frost date, native plugs can be installed. Control your goose population ILM begins goose depredation, egg oiling, the week of April 1st and goes through the middle of May. Egg oiling limits the goose population by reducing the number of hatched goslings. Each gosling imprints on the lake where they were born, returning year after year to nest. So over their 8-year average lifespan, with each female laying 6 – 8 eggs per year, one pair of geese...