A patch of dead lawn may not seem like progress, but this is exactly what the front portion of the lawn of Wintergarden/St. Johns Nature Preserve should look like. The area has been prepped for the spring seeding of native short grass prairie.
The long thin areas (where green grass remains) indicate where trails will be incorporated into the restoration project. The new trails will connect the northern portion of the preserve to the recent 20-acre addition.
Over winter, the site will look dead but will quickly bounce back to life after the seeds are planted during the spring and begin to grow with the warmer months and spring rains. Over the next three years, park users and neighbors will witness an exciting transformation of the space. Native flowers and short prairie grasses will grow to an average height of 3-4 feet and cover 50% of the area out front increasing the beauty and diversity of our nature preserve!
Short Grass Prairie Restoration Map (PDF)