Tagged with Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

Brown Is Beautiful

Brown is a color often removed from a garden, not valued. By the time flowers turn brown they are called refuse, and the spent plants are sanitized out the flowerbed. Some trim flowerbeds nearly to their crowns in fall cleanup. It makes sense to get rid of diseased plant material, but healthy brown plants in … Continue reading

Autumn Trees Await

“There’s plenty of horizontal here in South Dakota. What the eye lacks is vertical, ” said a native son. Now trees display their fall best for us to see on a quiet walk through dry woods in nearby state park. Come with me to enjoy their splendor. Lewis & Clark Recreation Area trails are one … Continue reading

A Place Butterflies Call Home

Native wildflower and grass seed come in various sizes and shapes. When planting the seeds with a drill, these seeds are coated so they flow better. Some seeds in the butterfly habitat at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area were hand planted due to the terrain. Cooperative effort of several agencies helped so that the habitat … Continue reading

A Place Butterflies Call Home

Butterflies like Monarchs depend on nectar and pollen from flowers, native plants such as milkweed, and the protection of native grasses. In the fall, native wildflower and grass seed were drilled into an out of the way area near a bike path at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area. New plants germinated in the spring and … Continue reading

A Place Butterflies Call Home

Staff at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area decided to install butterfly habitat and native grasses to encourage more Monarch and other butterflies to the state park for the enjoyment by visitors. Of course, what benefits the Monarch also helps the environment for all. Butterflies need food, shelter, and safety while they go through their life … Continue reading

OnThe Rebound

Spring arrives early for plants in this photo on March 29th at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area near Yankton SD. Staff are considering trees to plant as alternatives to ash trees with the possibility of future Emerald Ash Borer pests and for more diversify of trees.The state park current population of ash trees is about … Continue reading